Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya over attempt to join Somalia militants

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale (right) lying on the ground after they were shot by armed police
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale (right) lying on the ground after they were shot by armed police
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WOOLWICH killer Michael Adebolajo was arrested by Kenyan authorities three years ago amid fears he was attempting to join an al Qaida-linked militant group.

Shortly after he murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby, it emerged fanatic Adebolajo was arrested with five other men near the border with Somalia.

Adebolajo was preparing to cross into the war-torn country to train and fight with militant group al-Shabaab – the group behind the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi that left 67 dead.

Photos showing Adebolajo in court in Kenya surfaced, while his brother-in-law later claimed he was tortured “violently and sexually” after he was arrested.

In court, Adebolajo said he wanted to move to Somalia so he could live in a country that practices “sharia law”.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed a British national was arrested in Kenya in 2010 and that it provided consular assistance.

A Kenyan government spokesman later said Adebolajo was arrested under a different name and taken to court before being handed to British authorities.

Al-Shabaab means The Youth in Arabic and it emerged as the radical youth wing of Somalia’s now-defunct Union of Islamic Courts in 2006. Numerous reports of foreign jihadists going to Somalia to help al-Shabaab have emerged – including the recently absconded UK terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed. It is banned as a terrorist group by both the United States and the UK.

Intelligence and security chiefs have frequently warned that Britons are increasingly heading to the Middle East and Horn of Africa for terrorist training in the wake of the Arab Spring.