Deadly Shooting on London Subway

7-22-05 - LONDON (AP) London's police chief says today's shooting in a subway station -- in which a man was killed by police -- is "directly linked" to what he calls the "ongoing and expanding anti-terrorist operation."

London's police chief says today's shooting in a subway station -- in which a man was killed by police -- is "directly linked" to what he calls the "ongoing and expanding anti-terrorist operation."

Police commissioner Ian Blair told reporters that the man was challenged by officers, and that he refused to obey police instructions.

Witnesses say officers chased the man into a subway car and shot him five times after he tripped.

He's described as looking South Asian.

One rider tells the BBC the man didn't appear to be carrying anything but was wearing a heavy coat that looked to be padded. He says the man was "like a cornered fox. He looked petrified."

Another witness says the man was being chased by at least 20 officers and leaped over barriers as people shouted to each other, "Get out, get out."

Police also evacuated one of the city's largest mosques after someone called in a bomb threat. Police have lifted the cordon. Authorities say the incident appears unrelated to today's shooting of a man inside a subway station.

Investigators are searching for forensic evidence in yesterday's attacks on three subway trains and a double-decker bus, including fingerprints and D-N-A. Nobody was wounded.

Police in London say they'll be releasing security camera images of four men they "urgently" want to find, in connection with yesterday's bus and subway bombings.

Police detained two men but have now released both of them without charges. Police are appealing for witnesses to return to the scenes to give statements to officers.


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