Police yesterday rushed to the home of terrorist-supporting hate preacher Anjem Choudary to protect him and his family. Officers helped them flee their home and go into hiding amid fears they could be attacked by a mob seeking vengeance for the savage murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.
The Sun (h/t Maria J) Choudary’s wife and children were driven away under police escort to a secret address, while officers were left to guard the house. There was no sign of Choudary himself, and a neighbour said he had been seen slipping out early yesterday morning.
The operation in East London began just after 2pm, when two male officers took up position yards from Choudary’s front door. An hour later they were joined by two female officers in a van. Officers spent 40 minutes going in and out of the house before an unmarked car arrived.
Eventually two women — one of them, maybe both, believed to be Choudary’s wife — emerged from the house carrying bags and cots. They walked three kids to the car before being driven off. Minutes later one of them returned for more luggage, indicating they could away for some time.
Police refused to reveal details of the carefully planned operation. It is believed the move was made following threats to Choudary. A group calling itself Britain First posted a ranting video online, saying police had until 6pm yesterday to arrest Choudary — or they would seize him themselves.
The group claimed to know Choudary’s address. A security source familiar with the operation said: “The police have gone there to maintain public order and protect the family. The officers will probably be there for the night and then be gone.”
Guarding the house around the clock would cost the Met £10,000 a week.
Choudary has boasted of radicalising young Muslims including killer Michael Adebolajo, 28, and police have been urged to investigate him for inciting hatred — and to see if he had anything to with the murder of Lee, 25.
The Sun revealed yesterday that MI5 was investigating Choudary’s links to the killers. But the dad of four — who rakes in £25,000 a year in benefits — issued a public denial insisting he had not been in contact with Adebolajo since “before 2007”. He said: “Let them investigate, they won’t find anything.”
Police probing Lee’s murder in Woolwich, South East London, have issued a fresh appeal for information — and asked anyone who took video or photos of the attack to send them the images. Yesterday Muslim convert Hayden Allen, 21 — bailed after being arrested three days after Lee’s murder — denied any involvement in the “atrocity”.
Meanwhile, internet activists have posted the personal details of English Defence League members after the far-right group staged an anti-Muslim march in the wake of Lee’s murder.
A group calling itself Anonymous UK condemned the EDL for using the killing “as an excuse to spread a campaign of hate, bigotry and misinformation”.