London police kill man on subway station
LONDON: Police shot dead a suspect at a London Underground station on Friday and released images of four men they are hunting after an apparently bungled attempt to repeat the carnage of July 7.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair told reporters the shooting at Stockwell station in south London was “directly linked” to the anti-terrorism investigation. Witness Mark Whitby said the man was shot five times at close range after he had jumped on a train at Stockwell Station in south London. “One of the police officers was holding a black automatic pistol in his left hand. They held it down to him and unloaded five shots into him. I saw it. He’s dead, five shots, he’s dead,” said Whitby.
The Muslim Council of Britain demanded police explain why the man was shot dead, amid growing anxiety in the Muslim community about a possible violent backlash. Police released closed circuit television images of four men they were “urgently” seeking in connection with the attempted suicide bombings on Thursday. The images showed casually dressed men, one appearing to wear a dark-blue “New York” sweatshirt, in Underground stations and a bus.
BHC clarifies: The British High Commission in Islamabad explained its involvement in the case of Hasib Hussain’s mistaken identity. A British High Commission spokesman said, “We have never suspected Hasib Hussain, born in High Wycombe on February 1 1989, of any involvement in the London bombings, nor have we ever passed his details to the Pakistani authorities.” He said it was an unfortunate coincidence that Hasib has a similar name to one of the bombers killed in the July 7 London attacks. agencies