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Toulouse, Boston, Sweden, now terrorist attacks to soldiers in France and England: all mere coincidence, or something else?

Europe security News.- English soldier Lee Rigby killed in London  in a terrorist attack.

Europe security News.- English soldier Lee Rigby killed in London in a terrorist attack.

What happened in England.-

The UK government has defended security services against criticism they missed signs which might have helped prevent the murder of a soldier in London.

The security services face a Commons inquiry after it was confirmed the two men arrested over the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby were known to MI5.

But Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said it was impossible to control everyone all the time.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were named as suspects.

Mr Pickles told the BBC: “Peers and MPs will do a thorough investigation in terms of what the security forces knew but I’ve seen experts on security explaining how difficult it is in a free society to be able to control everyone.”

Drummer Rigby, 25, was murdered on a street in Woolwich, south-east London on Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after the killing, a man, thought to be 28-year-old Mr Adebolajo, was filmed by a passer-by, saying he had carried out the attack because British soldiers killed Muslims every day.

Armed police arrived on the scene 13 minutes after the first 999 call and shot the two suspected attackers, who had made no attempt to flee.

The former head of counter terrorism at MI6, Richard Barrett, told the BBC how hard it could be to detect attacks of the type seen in Woolwich – despite the suspects having been known to MI5 for eight years.

“I assume that these people are probably coming out of a small group without, necessarily, any overseas connections or any other broader connections in the United Kingdom which could come to the attention of the security services more than they did,” he said.

“When does a person who expresses radical views, who joins a radical group, flip over to be a violent extremist?

“To find the signals, the red flags as it were, I think is enormously hard.”

 

In London, three more men were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the soldier, who was hacked to death in the street in broad daylight.

What happened in France.-

French anti-terrorist investigators are handling the case of a soldier stabbed while on duty near Paris on Saturday evening, prosecutors have confirmed.

The soldier was wounded while on patrol in La Defense, a business district west of the French capital.

Private First Class Cedric Cordier was approached from behind and stabbed in the neck with a small-bladed knife.

Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told reporters that he had been targeted because of his profession.

His attacker, said to be a bearded man of North African origin, escaped and a police hunt is under way.

President Francois Hollande said there was no sign so far of a direct link with the killing of a soldier in London on Wednesday, for which two suspected Islamists were arrested.

France was rocked in March of last year by a string of killings by Islamist militant Mohamed Merah in the Toulouse area. He shot dead both French soldiers and Jewish schoolchildren before being killed in a police siege.

‘Exploring all options’

In Saturday’s attack, the soldier was on patrol with two other soldiers and police officers at La Defense’s metro and train station, when he was approached from behind and stabbed in the neck with a knife or a box-cutter.