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Terror network behind Lee Rigby attack making shock UK comeback after ISIS downfall

THE terror network behind the savage murder of soldier Lee Rigby is re-emerging in the UK, an expert has told Daily Star Online.

The Fusilier was hacked to death in May 2013 by terrorists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south London. 

His killers called it a “revenge attack” for the killing of Muslims by British soldiers.

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Adebolajo had ties to the banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun, led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary. 

The radical Islamist was released from prison last October and is now seeing out the rest of his sentence with an electronic tag in Ilford, east London. 

However, his evil network has been expanding since it was proscribed in 2006. 

David Otto, counter-terrorism and organised crime expert at Global Risk International, told Daily Star Online: “It’s no longer the Al-Muhajiroun brand that it was before but these actives have not ceased.

“They’ve just not been visible which makes it even more worrying, because these groups have now gone underground 

“That in itself is one of the major reasons why suppressive tactics only makes the groups more invisible and much more dangerous, compared to when you carry out what you call soft and hard approaches simultaneously. 

“Even though the group is not very visible, it still has underground movements which are quietly radicalising more people.

“They’ve just not been visible which makes it even more worrying”

Terrorism expert David Otto

“Now that ISIS has been eliminated from their stronghold, Al-Muhajiroun has seen more reason why going underground is the best option for them.” 

Mr Otto previously claimed that these jihadis may attempt copycat-Rigby attacks in revenge for ISIS’ downfall. 

He added: “Some have returned without governments knowing, they are now like sleeper cells. 

“It makes it even more dangerous because you never know when they can carry out a replica of the Lee Rigby murder.

Global Risk International monitors terrorist activity across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, working in tandem with governments and a raft of defence agencies. 

Rigby’s killers mowed him down in a car before hacking him to death close to his barracks, in what they said was a “revenge attack” for the killing of Muslims by British soldiers.

Back in April, one of them said he was desperate to leave the notorious HMP Wakefield, known as Monster Mansion. 

Adebowale, 37, told pals he wanted a transfer to the cushier Kirikiri Prison, which has a VIP section for prisoners who can afford to pay for a better cell.

Kirikiri is a maximum-security prison in Lagos State, home to some 5,000 inmates.

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