Friday, July 22, 2005
London Police Shoot and Kill Suspected Suicide Bomber.
LONDON — As the investigation into Thursday's London explosions continued, a suspected suicide bomber was shot and killed Friday in a tube station as he tried to board a train, according to Scotland Yard (search). The shooting came as authorities continued to look for an unknown number of fugitives connected to the blasts.
The shooting took place at South London's Stockwell Station. According to reports, the suspect, who was wearing a heavy jacket, was shot five times after undercover police officers followed him onto a train and knocked him down.
"The next thing I saw was this guy jump over the barriers and the police officers were chasing after him and everyone was just shouting, 'Get out, Get out!"' said Chris Wells, 28.
Passenger Briony Coetsee said she heard gunshots shortly after the shouts to get out.
Another witness said there were at least 20 police officers involved in the chase.
Following the shooting, tube services on the Victoria and Northern lines were suspended.
The shooting comes a day after explosions struck three Underground trains and a bus at lunchtime Thursday. Those blasts, in turn, came two weeks to the day after terrorist attacks in London killed a total of 56 people.