Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was accused of murdering a British soldier, Lee Rigby in London told the Central Criminal Court on Monday that he had never met members of the deadly terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda; he however described them as his “brothers”. He justified his role in the attack that ended Rigby’s life by claiming to be a soldier fighting in God’s service. He said the attack was to protest the invasion of Muslim lands by troops from some countries including Britain. Adebolajo said “I am a soldier of Allah. I understand that some people might not recognise this, because we do not wear fatigues. It’s a war between Islam and those militaries that invaded Muslim lands. One of them happens to be British military and, unfortunately, the war continues to this day.” Adebolajo, a 2002 convert to Islam has since adopted the name Mujahid Abu Hamza. He told the court that he feared “hellfire” if he did not fight for Allah. Adebolajo and 22-year-old Michael Adebowale were accused of running over Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London on May 22. After hitting the soldier, they alighted from their car and went on to attack him with knives and a meat cleaver. Both have however denied the charge. While speaking about the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Adebolajo said “I love them. They are my brothers. I have never met them but I love them.” He also gave an explanation for rushing at the police when they arrived the scene of the attack. Adebolajo said his religion forbade him to run away from the enemy.