UPDATE: The Telegraph now reports two more arrests in relation to the attack.
Yesterday afternoon, two men beheaded a member of the British Armed Forces, in broad daylight in London, and one of them proceeded to declare to a videophone that the decapitation was done in the name of Islam. Then they waited for armed police so they could have a shootout (that didn’t go so well for them).
Suffice to say, Muslims in Britain had something to say about that (Spectator Coffee House).
At first, this very much resembled the “lone wolf” aspects of the Boston Marathon bombing. Now, one day later, the al-Qaedist aspects of that attack are popping up here, too (Telegraph):
The security services are likely to face questions after it emerged that both suspects in the killing of a soldier in Woolwich were already known to them.
It is understood that the man widely named as Michael Adebolajo and his fellow suspect have featured in “several investigations” in recent years.
Reports suggest they were not thought to be planning an attack, however.
Sources told the BBC that one of the suspects was intercepted by police last year while leaving the country.
He was reportedly heading to Somalia to join al Shabaab militants.
MI5 had collected information on the two men before yesterday’s brutal attack took place in Woolwich, south east London.
For the uninitiated, al Shabaab is Somalia’s al Qaeda wing.
Now, it’s still very early, and odds are there is still a lot to discover. However, it is a reminder that al Qaeda and Wahhabism aren’t simply biding their time while we argue about debt, taxation, and the level of civil discourse.
They still want the world…and we’re still in their way.