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July 22, 2005

London police shoot suspected terrorist

From Sky News...

Police have killed a suspected suicide bomber at a Tube station in south London.

Armed officers opened fire on the suspect after he hurdled a ticket barrier and raced along a platform at Stockwell station.

Police screamed at passengers to evacuate and are thought to have shot the suspect as he stumbled on to a train.

Alarmed onlookers said they saw up to 10 plain-clothed officers chasing an Asian-looking man before opening fire.

Just out of curiosity...I thought British police didn't carry guns.

From the Associated Press...

The man died after being shot by officers at the Stockwell subway station in south London, police said.

Passengers said a man, described as South Asian, ran onto a train at Stockwell station in south London. Witnesses said plainclothes police chased him, he tripped, and police then shot him.

"They pushed him onto the floor and unloaded five shots into him. He's dead," witness Mark Whitby told the British Broadcasting Corp. "He looked like a cornered fox. He looked petrified."

Running was stupid, but it sounds a bit like the cop shot without thinking. Maybe there's a reason Bobbies weren't given guns.

Muslim leaders expressed concern at the shooting. Inayat Bunglawala, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said he had spoken to "jumpy and nervous" Muslims since the shooting.

"I have just had one phone call saying 'What if I was carrying a rucksack?' It's vital the police give a statement about what occurred and explain why the man was shot dead," he said.

If you “look” Moslem (I'm not sure how that works) and need to carry a “rucksack”, then DON'T RUN!!

From SkyNews at 3:16pm London time (9:16am US Central time)...

A press conference being held by the Metropolitan Police following the shooting of a suspected suicide bomber in London this morning has been delayed.

The conference at the QE2 centre in Westminster, London, is now due to start at 3.30pm.

According to sources the delay was because of 'good operational reasons.'

The conference may shed light on the shooting of a suspected suicide bomber at Stockwell Tube station in south London earlier today.

The man was shot dead by police after boarding a stationary Northern line train.

Eyewitnesses said the man had been carrying a large rucksack, was wearing a thick overcoat and looked "petrified, like a cornered fox".

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Posted by Danny Carlton at July 22, 2005 07:23 AM

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I keep forgetting to come over here and thank you for the trackbacks. Thank you and God Bless. Cao.

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