Defendant in UK soldier's killing says he loves al-Qaida, considers them 'brothers in Islam'

A man accused of killing a British soldier in a frenzied knife attack on a London street has told a court that he loved al-Qaida and considers its members his brothers.

Testifying calmly Monday at his murder trial, Michael Adebolajo said, "I love them. I consider them brothers in Islam,"

He said he had never met anyone from al-Qaida.

Adebolajo said he handed a note to a witness at the scene to make sure the public understood his motive for killing Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old soldier who was hit with a car, dragged into the street and repeatedly hacked with knives.

Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 22, deny the murder charge. Adebolajo said the killing was in the context of a "war between the Muslims and the British people."