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Lee Rigby
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On 22 May 2013, 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamic extremists near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London. Rigby was walking back to his base when he was attacked and killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. The pair ran down the soldier with their car and attacked him with knives. Rigby was targeted to avenge the killing of Muslims by the British military. This brutal act of terror against a serving British soldier on home soil shocked the nation and led to a moment of national reflection. The horror of the crime was captured in video footage, broadcast across news programmes that evening in which Michael Adebolajo with bloodied hands, addressed the camera and justified the killing.