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Authorities investigating the murder of a British solder in Woolwich arrested a ninth suspect in north London. Murder suspect Michael Adebolajo was deported to the UK in 2010 after being arrested by Kenyan authorities while trying to take a group of recruits to Shabaab in Somalia. A group that monitors extremism on UK campuses found that in the 12 months prior to March 2013, radical Islamist preachers addressed students at 200 official events. Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that money from the government's antiterrorism project has gone to hardline Islamist groups.
Counterterrorism police arrested three more suspects in the Woolwich murder of a British soldier: one man in southeast London, and two others south of the city. Prime Minister Cameron will launch an initiative to "[deal] with extremism at its root, as opposed to just tackling criminal violent extremism," including preventing the dissemination of hate speech and telling moderate Muslim groups to be more proactive in condemning terrorism. Extremist cleric Omar Bakri called one of the attackers a "hero" for staying at the scene of the murder.
A Pakistani Airlines flight from Lahore to Manchester was diverted to Stansted Airport, where security officials arrested two men, both British nationals, on suspicion of endangerment of aircraft. Police said a threat had been made as the plane was approaching Manchester. A friend of Woolwich attack suspect Michael Adebolajo alleged that MI5 had tried to recruit him six months ago. UK extremist cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed claimed to have converted Adebolajo to Islam. Police released two female suspects in the Woolwich attack but continue to hold a third male suspect.
Authorities arrested two unnamed suspects, a man and a woman from Greenwich, in the brutal murder of a soldier in Woolwich, and identified one of the suspects at the crime scene as UK-born Michael Olumide Adebolajo, a Muslim convert of Nigerian origin. Both Adebolajo and another suspect are known to authorities and were the subject of counterterrorism investigations in the past eight years. Adelbolajo was a member of the banned UK-based jihadist group Al Muhajiroun, and was often seen handing out Islamist literature in Woolwich. Authorities reportedly stopped one of the suspects last year as he tried to travel to Somalia to join the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab. A Shabaab Twitter post called the attack "an eye for an eye."
Two men jumped out of a car in Woolwich near the military barracks and attacked a UK soldier who was wearing a "Help for Heroes" charity shirt, slashing and beating him until he was dead. The attackers tried to film the attack, and then waited near the scene, one ranting jihadist propaganda, his hands covered in blood. Police arrived and shot the two attackers, who were taken to the hospital. Prime Minister Cameron said: "We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them."
Prime Minister Cameron said Britain intends to double its nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition over the next year. The Defence Ministry announced plans to lengthen tours of duty for British troops in Afghanistan to facilitate the security handover to Afghan forces in 2014.
Counsel for extremist cleric Abu Qatada said his client would voluntarily return to Jordan if it signs a recent treaty with the UK guaranteeing Qatada a fair trial. Qatada is currently in a UK jail for violation of bail conditions; a search of his home on March 7 found suspected extremist literature and 17 mobile phones, three USB sticks, an SD card, five digital media devices, and 55 recordable CDs or DVDs. Raids were conducted in London following the arrest.
The government is said to be planning a reversal of the 1968 "East of Suez" policy that resulted in the closing of a number of its military bases in the Gulf; the military is considering the establishment of a strong shadow presence in the area following the drawdown from Afghanistan. The UK's Chief of Defence Staff had said in December that "[a]fter Afghanistan, the Gulf will become our main military effort."