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Woolwich murder: Lee Rigby coming back from work

INQUEST OPENED: Soldier Lee Rigby had been recruiting young people to the army before his murder

MURDERED SOLDIER Lee Rigby was on his way back from work when he was brutally attacked in Woolwich, southeast London, an inquest into his death has heard.

The inquest into Rigby’s killing opened this morning at Southwark Coroner’s Court – police witnesses informed the court that the 25-year-old was hit by a car before being stabbed with a cleaver and a knife.

A post-mortem into the death revealed he died because of “multiple incised wounds” when attacked on May 22 in the streets near Woolwich Barracks where he was stationed.

Shot and detained by police at the scene were Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 – the two prime suspects of Rigby’s murder.

Both men, who are widely believed to have converted to Islam and been radicalised by extremist elements, were hospitalised – Adebowale has since been discharged and appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday, and is scheduled to be at the Old Bailey next Monday.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

Adebolajo remains under police guard in hospital.

Concerning Rigby, reporters were told by his army commander Bob Christopher that he was in central London on a recruitment drive.

The lieutenant colonel said: “This is a job he loved doing and he was tragically killed returning home from it.”

The inquest has been adjourned for the day, and deputy coroner Lorna Tagliavini said it would resume pending police investigations.

She added: “I would like to take this opportunity to give my personal condolences to all members of Lee Rigby's family for their very sad loss.”

10 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Rigby’s family did not attend today’s coroner’s hearing.

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