Saying he is a “soldier of Allah” himself, Adebolajo told the court: “…as I’ve explained, part of fighting jihad sometimes means killing the enemy soldier…we planned a military attack which obviously involved – sadly, it’s not something enjoyable – the death of a soldier.”
Rigby was killed outside Woolwich military barracks in South London on May 22 by Adebolajo and his accomplice Michael Adebowale who in court watched from the dock, also surrounded by prison guards.
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC asked Adebolajo if he planned to kill Rigby on that date and if the killing was political, to which he replied: “Yes. Jihad by its very nature is political.”
According to reports, he went on to tell the jury in front of the soldier’s family that he had “no choice” in attacking Rigby as he was “a soldier of Allah.”
“Allah commands that I fight those militaries that attack the Muslims,” he said. “I don’t feel that I have any choice. I obey Allah and I commit my affairs into his hands. This is all I can do.”