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London Police Kill Suspected Bomber

22 July 2005 -- London Metropolitan police have confirmed that officers shot a suspected suicide bomber at an underground metro station this morning.

The man has died of his wounds, they later announced.

Some unconfirmed reports have suggested the man might be among the suspects believed to have been responsible for the explosive devices placed on metro trains and a bus yesterday.

The man was shot at Stockwell station in South London, which has since been evacuated. Service on two London underground lines that pass through Stockwell has been suspended.

"All I can tell you is that we have temporarily suspended the 'Victoria' line between Victoria and Brixton [stations] and the 'Northern' line between Kennington and Morden [stations] at the request of the Metropolitan [London] police," a spokeswoman for the London transportation system confirmed to RFE/RL.

Meanwhile, an Al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for yesterday's bomb attacks targeting London's transport system.

The group, Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigade, also claimed responsibility for the 7 July bombings. The claim was made on an Islamist website, and its authenticity could not be verified.

Mosque Evacuated

Police meanwhile evacuated one of London's largest mosques today after a bomb threat.

The director of the East London mosque said someone phoned the mosque and said there was a bomb inside.

The Metropolitan Police cordoned off the mosque but ended the search about an hour later after no trace of explosives was found.

Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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