22-year-old charged with murder in British soldier’s hacking death

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LONDON (CNN) — Michael Adebowale, 22, has been charged with murder in the hacking death of British soldier Lee Rigby earlier this month on a London street, Metropolitan Police said late Wednesday.

Adebowale will appear in court on Thursday.

He was one of two people — along with a 28-year-old man whom family, friends and acquaintances have identified as Michael Adebolajo — arrested after being wounded in a confrontation with police after the May 22 attack. Adebolajo has not been formally charged.

Adebowale was discharged from a hospital Tuesday and is now in custody at a police station, police said, while the 28-year-old remains hospitalized under guard.

Adebowale also is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

The killing of Rigby, who had served as an infantryman in Afghanistan and Cyprus, in the southeast London district of Woolwich shocked people across the United Kingdom.

In all, 10 people have been arrested in connection with the killing. Two were released without charges, while six others have been freed on bail — the most recent a 50-year-old man arrested Monday night on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

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