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Lee Rigby killer now ‘regrets’ brutal murder and ‘is no longer a jihadi’

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Lee Rigby’s killer has admitted he is “sorry” and told of his regret at taking the innocent soldier’s life in May 2013.

Radical Michael Adebolajo has admitted his remorse in a dramatic u-turn after five years in jail – and plans on writing a letter of apology to Lee’s family.

The former Christian claims he “misinterpreted” the holy Quran and no longer wants to be known by his Islamic name, Mujahid Abu Hamza.

Adebolajo, 33, and accomplice Michael Adebowale, now 27, spotted Lee wearing a Help for Heroes hoodie as he walked back to his barracks in Woolwich and ran him over with their car.

Adebolajo tried to behead the ­fusilier with a knife and spouted Islamic hatred as his innocent victim lay dying in the street.

With his hands covered in blood, he told witnesses to call the police, adding: “The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers.”

“And this British soldier is one. It is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

“Through many passages in the Koran, we must fight them as they fight us.”

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Michael Adebolajo with a knife following the brutal murder (Image: ITV)

But after a stint at Belmarsh, Frankland and Wakefield jails, where staff moved him around to prevent him from influencing others, Adebolajo claims he “feels guilty.”

He also told prisoners he now rejects his extremist views, admitting he was “brainwashed” and the attack was “misguided.”

Adebolajo is currently residing in the high-security prison HMP Woodhill, outside Milton Keynes, where he is serving a life sentence.

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