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By Will Racke
Sebastian Gorka, a national security advisor to President Donald Trump, noticed an eerie connection between Monday night’s suicide bombing in Manchester and the public slaughter of British soldier Lee Rigby.
Both incidents, he noted, happened on the same date four years apart.
“Dates matter to Jihadi terrorists,” Gorka tweeted.
NOTE: Manchester explosion happens on 4th anniversary of the public murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.
Dates matter to Jihadi terrorists. pic.twitter.com/dRhyaWN9AV
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 23, 2017
A bomb detonated just outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester arena on Monday night, killing 19 people and injuring at least 55. U.K. police are investigating the attack as a terrorist incident and believe a suicide bomber carried it out. Details of the bombing, including the use of nails as shrapnel and the targeting of a crowded public venue, bear the hallmarks of previous radical Islamic terror attacks in Europe, but no jihadi groups have claimed responsibility as of Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EST. (RELATED: Report: Suicide Bomber Responsible For Explosion At Manchester Arena [VIDEO])
The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers. And this British soldier is one … By Allah, we swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone.
Adebolajo and Adebowale, British citizens of Nigerian descent, were born into Christian families but converted to Islam and were radicalized in London. Both men are serving life sentences in prison.
Gorka has come under criticism for his views on Islam and the causes of jihadist terror. He has argued that Islamic terrorism is mainly the result of a totalitarian ideology as opposed to poverty or poor governance, resulting in accusations that he is guilty of “Islamophobia.”
One connection between the Rigby murder and the Manchester bombing that Gorka didn’t point out but that many other Twitter users noted: Rigby was born in the Manchester neighborhood of Crumpsall, about three miles north of Manchester Arena.