Police cordon off London’s Stockwell station after suspected bomber shot dead this morning (Sky News)
After shooting dead a suspected suicide bomber this morning, British police arrested two men, including one connected to yesterday’s attacks.
One man was arrested in the area where the shooting occurred, the south London neighborhood of Stockwell. Detectives were searching the premises there, according to a police statement.
Another man was arrested at a Birmingham train station, 110 milies northwest of London, with at least two suitcases.
Police released photographs of four men suspected of launching yesterday’s attacks, saying the incidents were similar to the July 7 blasts that killed 52 people and four suicide bombers.
The bombs yesterday were partly detonated, resulting in only one injury.
Earlier today, a man wearing a heavy coat at a south London subway station was shot dead by police.
Mark Whitby, an Underground passenger at Stockwell station, told BBC News he had seen a man of Asian appearance shot five times by “plain-clothes police officers” with a handgun.
“I was sitting on the train reading my paper,” he said. “I heard a load of noise, people saying, ‘Get out, get down!'”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair said the man shot in the subway was “directly linked” to continuing antiterrorist investigations.
Another passenger, Anthony Larkin, told BBC News the man had been wearing a “bomb belt with wires coming out.”
Passenger Teri Godly told Sky News she stood next to the suspected suicide bomber before pandemonium erupted as armed police charged in.
“A tall Asian guy, shaved head, slight beard, with a rucksack got in front of me. Shortly after that, 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.'”
Police evacuated passengers from Stockwell station, cordoned off a 200-meter area and suspended services on the Victoria and Northern lines.
Forensic officers were working inside the station as police helicopters hovered overhead.
Meanwhile, police conducted a raid on an address at London’s Harrow Road, one of several taking place in the city after attempted bombings yesterday at the Oval, Warren Street and Shepherd’s Bush Underground stations and on a bus in east London.
The police focus at Harrow Road appeared to be on an Intenet caf?, according to a BBC correspondent.
Responding to this morning’s incident, the Muslim Council of Britain said Muslims were concerned about a possible “shoot to kill” policy.
“There may well be reasons why the police felt it necessary to unload five shots into the man and shoot him dead, but they need to make those reasons clear,” said spokesman Inayat Bunglawala.
“It’s vital the police give a statement about what occurred and explain why the man was shot dead.”