London Police Shoot, Kill Suspected Suicide Bomber

London’s police force have helped a would-be suicide bomber complete the definitive part of his mission.

Police Shoot Suspected Suicide Bomber (Sky News)

Police have killed a suspected suicide bomber at a Tube station in south London.
Armed officers opened fire up to six times on the suspect as he hurdled a ticket barrier and raced along a platform at Stockwell station.

Police screamed at passengers to evacuate and are thought to have shot the suspect as he stumbled on to a train. Alarmed onlookers said they saw up to 10 plain-clothed officers chasing an Asian-looking man before opening fire. Passenger Briony Coetsee said: “We were on the tube and then we suddenly heard someone say ‘get out, get out’ and then we heard gunshots.”

Unconfirmed reports suggest the man was involved in Thursday’s assault on the capital. If the suspect is proved to be a suicide bomber, it would mark the fifth attempted terrorist attack on London in less than a day.

Good result in this case, at least. That there may now be a wave of suicide bombers is worrisome, however.

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  1. Zsa Zsa says:

    Supposedly the suicide bombers bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of cologne!… Supposedly it throws the scent off so the bomb sniffing dogs won’t find it!…I wouldn’t mind random searching of back packs if it is for the safety of innocent people! What ever it takes.

  2. Zsa Zsa says:

    I just notice that OTB is not Rodney’s blog alone! I also noticed he is a Green Bay Packers fan!… My Great Uncle Tom Stidham was Coach for the Packers! He was also Coach for the Sooners!…Sorry I never noticed before that Rodney was not the Lone Blogger! is how I found Rodney. He is kind of a brat! A sweet brat! BUT never the less a brat!…Thanks for having me! I really like Outside The Beltway alot!…

  3. tom says:

    Wow, they SHOT him? I’m so surprised!
    I figured they would hoist him up on their
    shoulders and all convert to Islam. I mean,
    he was just expressing his outrage at our
    western insensitivity to his culture, right?
    Even now the whacko-lefty mayor of London is
    blaming everyone but the murderers for the
    bombing. It is idiots like him who would
    surrender before fighting back.

  4. Dale says:

    It seems the London Police have placed an order for 72 virgins!

  5. Herb says:

    While watching the news about the London and Egypt bombings this morning, the thought came to me on where to put the radical Muslims and all of the GITMO prisoners that have been captured since 9/11.

    This place is an Island Paradise.

    No westerner or “infidel” will ever visit there.

    No Country would ever send troops there.

    No would ever interfere with their lives there.

    No one would would ever tell them how to run their country there.

    Where is this place??????

    The Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. (The place the US conducted the H Bomb tests.)

  6. DC Loser says:

    Hate to tell you this, Herb, but the Bikini natives have returned there long ago.

  7. DC Loser says:

    Man not connected to bombings.

  8. DC Loser says:

    Correction about Bikini. The A-Bomb tests after the war were conducted there. The H-Bomb tests were conducted at Eniwetok.