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Friday, July 22, 2005

Man shot dead by Police on the Tube

Police outside Stockwell Station - From Associated PressBreaking news from Stockwell London Underground Station

Blimey, it's all go. Like other people I've just heard about the shooting at Stockwell tube station at around 10am this morning, where a man was fired at five times and killed by armed police in a tube carriage. The
BBC news site says that a passenger saw "a man of Asian appearance shot five times by "plain-clothes police officers" with a handgun."

"Passengers were evacuated from the Northern Line station in south London. The incident followed four minor explosions in the capital on Thursday.

Police have cordoned off a 200-metre area around Stockwell station.

Services on the Victoria and Northern lines have been suspended following a request by the police, London Underground said

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

Check out BBC News for the latest story.

Scotland Yard have confirmed the timings; "A man was challenged by officers and subsequently shot. London Ambulance Service attended the scene. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

Currently Transport for London's website says:

"Stockwell Station on the Northern and Victoria Lines in both directions has been closed due to police request.

Northern and Victoria Lines trains are not serving this station in both directions.
This will affect journeys from 10:16 on 22/07/05 until further notice

More eye witness reports from the BBC here. But how fooking scary to see someone get shot in the carriage you were in. Obviously the police haven't confirmed yet whether the guy was involved in yesterday's bombings, but I suppose one can reasonably assume that he was.

Update - Well Police sources say he probably wasn't one of the four bombers from yesterday but the police report that he was "directly linked" to anti terrorist investigations. For the full update on today and yesterdays events see the BBC's comprehensive timeline of events.

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