News from the United Kingdom, Friday 24th May 2013

BBC NewsWoolwich attack ‘incredibly hard’ to stop. ‘Preventing the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks would have been “incredibly hard”, an ex-senior intelligence officer has said. The UK’s security services face a Commons inquiry after it was confirmed the two men arrested over his murder were known to MI5 for eight years.’

Comment: the GuardianWoolwich attack and the far right: three points to consider when the dust settles. ‘In the wake of the spike in far-right activity, the risk of ‘cumulative extremism’ is one of the issues that should occupy minds.’

Comment: the GuardianAfter Woolwich: can councils protect communities from extremism?. ‘As the country comes to terms with the first terrorist killing in Britain since the 7/7 bombings, local government will again be at the frontline of keeping communities together. But what should it do?’

Sky NewsWoolwich: EDL protests as mosques targeted. ‘English Defence League supporters clashed with police near Woolwich Arsenal railway station just hours after a soldier was butchered in the streets. Elsewhere, two men were arrested following separate attacks on mosques following the murder, during which two men were reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” – “God is greater” in Arabic.’

Huffington PostWoolwich attack: Anjem Choudary claims to know ‘terror’ suspect. ‘Controversial preacher Anjem Choudary claims to know one of the Woolwich attack suspects, it has been reported. Choudary, former leader of the banned banned Al Muhajiroun group, told The Independent he knew one of the men, who was known as Mujahid.’

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