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UK failed to act on accused's terror ties

THE British authorities did not take seriously the fact Michael Adebolajo was picked up with suspected terrorists near the Somali border, Kenyan officials have claimed.

A senior official, who asked to remain anonymous, said British staff had dealt "very lightly" with Adebolajo's case in November 2010 after he was deported.

The man accused of killing Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday was detained in Kenya two years ago, after allegedly trying to join the al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia.

He was picked up with a group of other extremists who the Kenyans had been tracking. Officials say he was later handed over to British intelligence officers, although that is unconfirmed.

The source said British authorities were "very much, fully aware" of the Kenyans' concerns about the British national's links to the other suspects.

New evidence last night also raised the possibility of links between Adebolajo and Samantha Lewthwaite, the July 7, 2005, "white widow".

A Kenyan security source revealed Adebolajo appeared in court there alongside the future son-in-law of the extremist cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo.

Meanwhile, the manhunt for a suspected terrorist who tried to kill a French soldier continued as police used CCTV footage to build up a picture of the attacker. In an apparent copycat of the ambush in London the 6ft 2ins attacker struck in front of dozens of passers-by in La Defence business district on Saturday evening. His victim, 23-year-old Private Cedric Cordier, fell to the floor instantly when he was stabbed in the throat and neckIt emerged that a vital artery in Private Cordier's neck was only narrowly missed – meaning he only just escaped being killed. (© Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent