Sentence due for 2 guilty of UK soldier murder

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FILE - This Tuesday, May 28, 2013 file photo shows floral tributes at the scene where 25-year-old soldier of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Lee Rigby was attacked and killed, near Woolwich Barracks in London. Sentencing is underway, Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014, for two al-Qaida-inspired extremists convicted for the murder of an off-duty British soldier who was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street. Self-described "soldier of Allah" Michael Adebolajo and accomplice Michael Adebowale were convicted in December of murdering 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was struck by a car then repeatedly stabbed with knives and a cleaver in front of horrified passers-by. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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LONDON (AP) — Sentencing is underway for two al-Qaida-inspired extremists convicted of murdering an off-duty British soldier who was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street.

Self-described "soldier of Allah" Michael Adebolajo and accomplice Michael Adebowale were convicted in December of murdering 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was struck by a car and then repeatedly stabbed with knives and a cleaver in front of horrified passers-by.

The May 22 attack shocked Britain and inflamed fears of Islamic extremist terrorism in the country.

The pair appeared in the dock Wednesday as prosecutors and defense lawyers made final comments.

In his testimony, the 29-year-old Adebolajo told the court that he and 22-year-old Adebowale had decided to kill a British soldier as revenge for attacks on Muslims abroad.

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