An extensive network of Islamist extremists and terrorism suspects lies behind the men suspected of murdering Drummer Lee Rigby, it has emerged.
Both men had direct links with Usman Ali, an alleged extremist and former member of the banned group Al-Muhajiroun, and Khalid Fikry, an extremist cleric and supporter of convicted terrorists.
Michael Adebolajo, the older of the two suspects, was also close friends with Ibrahim Hassan, who has served time in prison for inciting terrorism overseas. Others in their circle include Richard Dart, a white Muslim convert who was jailed earlier this year over a plot to target soldiers' funeral corteges at Royal Wootton Bassett.
The freshly discovered links are in addition to strong connections between both men and Anjem Choudary, the former leader of Al-Muhajiroun, which he took over from Omar Bakri Mohammed, the man who converted Adebolajo to Islam.
The sheer number of radicals and terrorism suspects connected to the two men raises yet more uncomfortable questions for the British security services about their assessment of the two suspects, who are understood to have been categorised as not posing a threat to life.