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British officials knew suspect in killing had ties to al-Qaida

Britain

Officials knew suspect had ties to al-Qaida

The British government said Sunday that it had been aware for two years that one of the two men suspected of hacking an off-duty British soldier to death had ties to al-Qaida. A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that the ministry had provided assistance in Kenya in 2010 to the man, Michael Adebolajo, 28, a British citizen of Nigerian descent. He had been arrested by the Kenyan police on suspicion of planning to join al-Shabab, an extremist group in Somalia that Britain has classified as a terrorist organization. Adebolajo and the other suspect in the attack, Michael Adebowale, 22, also of Nigerian origin, have been under arrest since the attack Wednesday. The soldier, Lee Rigby, 25, was struck by a vehicle, then attacked with meat cleavers.

France

Hunt continues in stabbing of soldier

French police pursued a nationwide manhunt Sunday for a tall, bearded assailant who wounded a uniformed soldier in the neck with a box cutter in Paris in what authorities said was an attempted assassination. The soldier, 23, was reported to be out of danger after being taken to a military hospital. The attack on Saturday recalled the gory killing of a soldier in the streets of London on Wednesday.

Elsewhere

Colombia: Colombia's largest rebel group and the government said Sunday that they had reached an agreement on land reform, the first of six points that could make up a peace deal.

India: Indian officials reacted with outrage Sunday to an attack by suspected Maoist rebels who killed 24 people by setting off a bomb and firing on a convoy of ruling party leaders in Chhattisgarh state on Saturday.

Ethiopia: The Ethiopian winner of this year's Boston Marathon, Lelisa Desisa, said Sunday that he will donate his medal to the people of Boston to honor the dead and wounded from the finish-line bombing.

Times wires

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