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Terrorist suspect shot dead in London

AM - Saturday, 23 July , 2005 08:00:38

Reporter: Michael Dodd

ELIZABETH JACKSON: This morning we go straight to London, where the city is ending a day of
dramatic and fast-moving police operations, as authorities hunt those responsible for the latest
bomb attacks on the transport system.

There's been a series of raids and arrests in various parts of England, and police have issued
remarkably clear pictures of images captured from closed-circuit TV of the four men they believe
are responsible for the latest wave of bombings.

But the most dramatic development of the day occurred at a south London underground station, where
plain clothes police officers shot dead a terrorist suspect on an underground train in front of a
carriage full of shocked passengers.

Michael Dodd reports the killing seems to herald a new shoot to kill policy directed at suspected
suicide bombers.

MICHAEL DODD: You couldn't get an image more at odds with the traditional, friendly, unarmed
British bobby on a bicycle when a phalanx of police swooped on Stockwell station just South of the
Thames in pursuit of a terrorist suspect.

Three armed, plain-clothes officers chased the man onto an underground train and fired a series of
bullets into him as shocked passengers fled.

Among them was Mark Whitby.

MARK WHITBY: I'm sitting there reading my paper, all of a sudden I've heard lots of shouting, "Get
down! Get out! Get down!" I look to my right, I saw an Asian guy run onto the train, hotly pursued
by three - I just presumed them to be plain-clothes police officers - one had a black automatic
handgun in his left hand. They sort of bundled him to the floor and the guy with the gun unloaded
five shots into him. They looked as though they were taking no efforts to restrain him. They
literally just pushed him onto the floor and shot him.

I saw his face - he looked like a cornered fox, basically; he looked absolutely petrified. And then
literally a split second later the guy was dead.

MICHAEL DODD: Another witness, Anthony Larkin, said the dead man had been wearing what appeared to
be a bomb belt with wires coming out.

The police insisted that the unnamed man was a terrorist suspect linked with the latest bombings,
but they said he wasn't one of the four men caught on film fleeing the scenes.

At a media conference which had been repeatedly postponed, the head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir
Ian Blair, defended the officers actions, saying his force was engaged in the most challenging
operation it had ever faced.

IAN BLAIR: The information I have available is that this shooting is directly linked to the ongoing
and expanding anti-terrorist operation.

I need to make clear that any death is deeply regrettable, but on... as I understand the situation,
the man was challenged and refused to obey police instructions.

MICHAEL DODD: But behind the death seems to be a decisive change in British police tactics in the
wake of the heightened terror threat. It appears that officers have been told they can, when
necessary, shoot to kill.

Previous rules of engagement used to be to issue a clear warning and then aim for the largest part
of the body - the chest. But the BBC's reporting that under new, secret guidelines for dealing with
suicide bombers, officers are now allowed to shoot for the head.

A former Scotland Yard commander, Roy Ramm, spelt out the rationale.

ROY RAMM: The fact is, that when you're dealing with suicide bombers, the only way you could stop
them effectively and protect yourself is to try for a head shot, because the danger of shooting
into the body is that you may detonate a bomb which is wrapped around somebody.

MICHAEL DODD: But the Muslim Council of Britain said its members were concerned about the
implications of a shoot to kill policy.

Council spokesman Inayat Bunglawala.

INAYAT BUNGLAWALA: There may be good reasons why the police felt it necessary to shoot this man
dead, but they do need to make clear what those reasons were.

It is now vital that the police explain exactly what occurred and why they felt it necessary to
kill this man, as opposed to arresting him.

MICHAEL DODD: Meanwhile, thousands of police officers are involved in a race against the clock to
try to apprehend the latest bombers.

They're hoping to pin them down while traces of explosives from their unsuccessful bombing efforts
remain on their bodies. To this end, the clear pictures from the closed-circuit television system
represent a potentially huge breakthrough.

Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman spelt out what they'd found on the footage.

ANDY HAYMAN: The image we're now showing, shows a man running away from the Northern Line at the
Oval underground station at approximately 12:34 hours yesterday. He was wearing a dark top, with
the words "New York" written in white across the front.

MICHAEL DODD: And similarly explicit descriptions have been given out for the other three suspects.
This and other evidence have triggered a plethora of raids and arrests and sometimes releases
without charges.

A massive police operation took place in Harrow Road in west London, where officers unleashed
tear-gas canisters as explosions were captured on a resident's mobile phone.

One woman in the area was shocked to find the police asking to take over her flat, while they
carried out a raid on a nearby home.

WOMAN: A man knocked on my door and he said that he was an armed policeman, could he come in. And
then he brought his colleague in and they took over my sitting room and told me I had to sit at the
back of the flat, which I did in my bedroom. And I was absolutely terrified, because they let me
know that there was a bomb, possibly, in the house opposite.