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Watchdog to report on Rigby murder

By PA Reporter

The extent of the security and intelligence agencies' prior knowledge of soldier Lee Rigby's murderers will be revealed this week as a long-awaited report from a parliamentary watchdog is finally published.

Michael Adebolajo and his younger accomplice Michael Adebowale slaughtered Fusilier Rigby in broad daylight in May last year.

It quickly emerged in the wake of the killing that secret services were aware of both Adebolajo, (then 29), and Adebowale, (then 22), but questions remain over whether they could have been more closely monitored.

An investigation by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), has now concluded and a report, described by Whitehall officials as "very substantial", will be released tomorrow.

It is understood the ISC, chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, examined hundreds of pages of primary source material, as well as written evidence and cross-examination of witnesses.

Muslim converts Adebolajo and Adebowale ran down Fusilier Rigby, who was dressed in a Help for Heroes hoodie, in a Vauxhall Tigra near Woolwich Barracks before savagely attacking the defenceless soldier as he lay in the road.

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