LONDON – Police shot dead a man at a London underground rail station on Friday and issued photographs of four men wanted in connection with Thursday’s botched attempts to bomb the city’s transport network.
They shot the man at Stockwell station in south London, close to the scene of one of Thursday’s four attempted attacks.
The killing sparked panic on a crowded station platform and fuelled London’s sense of unease after the July 7 suicide attacks that killed over 50 people and Thursday’s bid to target the city again.
After attacks in New York, Bali, Madrid and elsewhere, many Britons feel militants linked to the Islamist al Qaeda network have set their sights on their country, a staunch U.S. ally.
Witnesses at Stockwell spoke of panic as a man of south Asian appearance wearing an unseasonably thick jacket vaulted over station barriers as police chased, tackled, then shot him.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I saw them kill a man basically. I saw them shoot a man five times,” witness Mark Whitby told BBC television.
Police said the man was connected to their investigation but did not say how. They removed his body from the station in the evening as the capital struggled to return to normal.
“It is not yet clear whether he is one of the four people we are seeking to identify and whose pictures have been released today,” they said in a statement.
Later, officers arrested a man near the station, but declined to say if he was one of the four…