Second Terror Suspect in Custody After Release From Hospital

One of the two suspects in the murder of U.K. soldier Lee Rigby was released from the hospital and taken into custody at a London police station.

The 28-year-old man, identified by the BBC as Michael Adebolajo, was shot by police at the scene of the attack in southeast London on May 22.

The attack, which took place on a busy road in broad daylight, has heightened tensions over security in Britain and raised fresh fears of home-grown terrorism. Rigby was stabbed with knives and cleavers in the neighborhood of Woolwich, across the street from an army barracks. Police are treating the case as an act of terrorism.

Michael Adebowale, 22, was charged on May 29 with murder and possession of a handgun in connection with Rigby’s death.

London police have arrested 12 people in the probe into Rigby’s death, including Adebolajo and Adebowale. Two people were arrested today on suspicion of being involved in the supply of illegal firearms and remain in custody. Eight others have been released.

Around 500 police officers and other investigators, including members of counterterrorism units from forces around the country, are working on the case, U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Rigby, a 25-year old father, was hit with a car and then attacked by two men with knives outside a military barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.

Rigby, who has a 2-year-old son, was a drummer in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. A fan of the Manchester United soccer team, he served as a machine gunner in Cyprus and then in 2009 as a member of a fire support group in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Queen Elizabeth II today visited Woolwich Barracks in London, near where Rigby was killed last week.

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