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London blasts: police makes another arrest
H.S. Rao

People walk past Stockwell underground station in South London
People walk past Stockwell underground station in South London on Saturday. — Reuters photo

London, July 23
A second man was arrested in connection with Thursday’s failed bomb attacks on the London’s transport system, hours after another person was held and a suspected militant killed by armed officers in a subway shooting, the police said today.

The metropolitan police said the man was arrested late last night in Stockwell, the South London neighbourhood close to the scene of one of the attempted attacks on Thursday and where a suspect was shot dead by the police as well as another held yesterday.

He was thought to be the son-in-law of an older woman living at an address raided by the police. His wife and young son were also led away by the police.

The man held in the earlier police raid yesterday at Stockwell was still being questioned at a high-security London police station. He has not been named.

The police had not released the identity of the suspected suicide bomber, shot dead by armed officers at the Stockwell Tube station yesterday, as also the extent of his connections with the alleged Thursday bombers. His death was expected to renew controversies about killings by police firearms officers.

The Mile End Tube station in east London was briefly closed and evacuated following a security alert today. The station was closed for around 30 minutes and a witness told the BBC that he had seen smoke coming from a carriage.

In the subway shooting of the man, who witnesses said appeared to be an Asian, armed police pursued him in Stockwell as part of an undercover operation and he was believed to have links to the four Thursday bombers. He ran off when challenged, and they shot him, fearing he was about to detonate a bomb.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was investigating the shooting.

The disclosure of the second arrest came as the Scotland Yard released photographs of the four suspects, taken from closed-circuit television cameras at the three underground stations and on a bus where the bombing attempts were made. All images showed young men of Asian appearance, and the police warned people not to approach any of the men. — PTI


Man shot was ‘innocent’

London, July 23
The police said today that a man shot and killed on a subway car had nothing to do with an investigation into a series of bombing attacks Thursday on London’s transit system.

The shooting yesterday took place at a subway station in the southern London neighbourhood of Stockwell. A spokesman for Scotland Yard said on condition of anonymity that “the man was unconnected to the incidents of July 21.”

He added that the man, who has not yet been identified, was “probably unconnected” to the first bombings on July 7. — AP

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