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Londoners flee as police shoot bomb suspect dead

July 22, 2005

By Katherine Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) – He vaulted over barriers chased by armed
police, stumbled onto a train and then the man in a winter coat
with a backpack was shot time and again, sending panic-stricken
commuters in all directions.

Passengers at south London’s Stockwell underground train
station said at least four shots rang out on Friday after they
were ushered up escalators to the street by police, who shot
the man dead — a suspected suicide bomber in attacks on
Thursday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I saw them
kill a man basically. I saw them shoot a man five times,”
witness Mark Whitby told BBC television.

“The other passengers were distraught. It was just mayhem,
people were just getting off the Tube … People running in all
directions, looks of horror on their faces, screaming, a lot of
screaming from women, absolute mayhem.

“It was a very, very distressing sight to watch, and to
hear as well.”

Sky Television quoted police as saying the man was a
suspect in the attacks that caused chaos Thursday lunchtime but
killed no one in an apparently failed bid to repeat suicide
bombings which left 52 dead two weeks earlier.

“GET OUT, GET OUT”

Witness Teri Godly told Sky she heard six or seven shots as
she fled the station.

“As I was about to get onto the train eight or nine
undercover police with walkie talkies and handguns started
screaming at everyone to “get out, get out,” Godly said.

Witnesses gave sketchy detail of the man who some said was
of south Asian appearance. Some said he looked wary as soon as
he stumbled onto the train, some said he was thin, others that
he was chubby.

He raised suspicion wearing a bulky black coat in the heat
of summer. Most said he wore a backpack — reminding many of
images of the four suicide bombers behind the July 7 attacks.

“I was about to go in when I saw a lot of people coming
out. They looked shocked. There was a bit of panic. The guy I
spoke to said, ‘I’ve just seen someone shot’,” said Andrew
Wajnowski, 18, a part-time kitchen boy.

Danny Prescott, 33, a bus driver whose bus was stopped
outside the station summed up a feeling of fear spreading
across London.

“All we saw is police coming from everywhere,” he said.

“It does make you really scared but you’ve got to carry on.
You can see passengers are more nervous as they get on the bus,
they glance at people with bags and I am always looking at
peoples’ bags.”




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