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A man has been shot at Stockwell Tube station by armed police officers, police confirm.
Passengers were evacuated from a Tube train on the Northern Line station in south London after the incident.
Passenger Mark Whitby told BBC News he had seen an Asian man shot five times by "plain-clothes police officers".
Services on the Victoria and Northern lines have been suspended following a request by the police, London Underground said.
Police are hunting four would-be bombers after Thursday's London blasts.
The bombers fled after detonators went off, causing small blasts, but failed to detonate the bombs themselves.
Mr Whitby, told BBC News: "I saw an Asian guy run onto the train hotly pursued by three plain-clothes police officers.
"One of them was carrying a black handgun - it looked like an automatic - they pushed him to the floor, bundled on top of him and unloaded five shots into him."
Passenger Briony Coetsee said: "We were on the Tube and then we suddenly heard someone say, 'Get out, get out' and then we heard gunshots."
[ 22. July 2005, 11:31: Message edited by: Neteru ]
finally, some justice for what they did.
A man has been shot dead by armed officers at Stockwell Tube station, as police hunt four would-be bombers.
Passenger Mark Whitby told BBC News he had seen a man of Asian appearance shot five times by "plain-clothes police officers" with a handgun. "I saw the gun being fired five times into the guy - he is dead," he said.
Passengers were evacuated from the Northern Line station in south London. The incident followed four attempted bombings in the capital on Thursday. Police have cordoned off a 200-metre area around Stockwell station.
Services on the Victoria and Northern lines were suspended following a request by the police. Ambulances, including an air ambulance, have been sent to the scene at Stockwell.
Mr Whitby, told BBC News: "I was sitting on the train reading my paper. I heard a load of noise, people saying, 'Get out, get down!' I saw an Asian guy run onto the train hotly pursued by three plain-clothes police officers.
"One of them was carrying a black handgun - it looked like an automatic - they pushed him to the floor, bundled on top of him and unloaded five shots into him." Another passenger on the train, Anthony Larkin, told BBC News the man had been wearing a "bomb belt with wires coming out".
"I've seen these police officers shouting, 'Get down, get down!', and I've seen this guy who appears to have a bomb belt and wires coming out. People were panicking and I heard shots being fired."
Former Flying Squad officer, John O'Connor, told BBC News: "The man shot must either one of the bombers or a potential suicide bomber." Bombers "don't always carry sports bags" and the man could easily have been wearing a bomb belt, he added. If he had been challenged by police and failed to stop they "have not got a lot of alternative", Mr O'Connor told BBC News. Officers would be trained to aim for the head as shots to the torso could trigger a hidden explosive device, he added.
Londoner Dan Copeland was in the carriage in which the man was shot. He told BBC News: "We were sitting for a few minutes on the platform, then we heard shouting from the concourse between the two platforms.
"Then the man burst in through the door to my right and grabbed hold of the pole and a person by the glass partition near the door, diagonally opposite me. An officer jumped on the door to my left and screamed, 'Everybody out!' People just froze in their seats cowering for a few seconds and then leapt up. As I turned out the door onto the platform, I heard four dull bangs. I ran past an armed officer who was standing on the platform and ran up the stairs."
After Thursday's London blasts, the bombers fled when detonators went off, causing small blasts, but failed to detonate the bombs themselves.
A massive hunt is under way for the men. Analysts believe evidence from the four scenes - at Oval, Shepherd's Bush, Warren Street and on a bus in Shoreditch in east London - could throw light onto the bomb attacks carried out on 7 July.
I have beeen planning a holiday in London in the next few months. Have the recent attacks put any added worries to travel around Britain? Do those living in London feel that they are retricted in their movements around the city?
Thanks for the updates Neteru. I've been watching this brew all morning on BBC News 24. I hope the eyewitnesses are being taken care of - it must have been atrocious to see this shooting. I just pray that, if they haven't already gotten evidence for who planted the previous bombs, that these latest events offer up more clues.
Everything happening in London is so sad. I still remember buying stuff for a "Kit" to send to the firefighters going over all the rubble during 9-11. :(
In defence of our British Police, I totally agree with their shoot-to-kill policy. As noted, the bomber could have been wearing a bomb belt, and could have detonated his armament while being arrested.
IMO, the police acted in the interests of those already on the train, and I totally agree that shooting the man dead was the safest response.
[ 22. July 2005, 14:55: Message edited by: tlr online ]
Originally posted by NURSEY:
Do those living in London feel that they are retricted in their movements around the city? Absolutely not. Come to London. You'll love it! Don't let a few arse-holes put you off.
All this is very strange!
For the first time in history,so many kamikazi's attacks,just in few days,more than happen in palestine!
There is something unusual in all that!
Maybe terrorists are prepared for a new kind of "citywar"! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif
I hope this will stop soon!
May god protect innocents! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif
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