Friday, July 22, 2005

UK police stop another bomber

London Telegraph: Bomb suspect gunned down on Tube after frantic chase with armed police British police stop bomber.
The most eloquent testimony came from Mark Whitby, 47, a water installation engineer from Brixton, who was sitting on the Tube train reading a newspaper while it was stationary with its doors open.

He said: "I heard people shouting 'get down, get down'. An Asian guy ran on to the train and I looked at his face. He looked from left to right, but he basically looked like a cornered rabbit - he was absolutely petrified."

He added: "The man half tripped and was then pushed to the floor by three plain-clothes police officers who were pursuing him.

"One of the police officers was holding a black automatic pistol in his left hand.

"He held it down to him and unloaded five shots into him. I saw it all. He was dead, five shots. I was literally less than five yards away."
I am sure someone on the left will decry the fact that he was shot after he was down, but a bomber who is down may still be able to set off his bomb. It is best for all concerned if he doesn't get that chance. Whitby added, "There was also a noticeable smell of cordite, that acrid sort of gunpowder smell."

Hats off to the London Police, Scotland Yard or whichever branch of law enforcement it was that prevented another tragedy.

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