Several media outlets are reporting that London police have shot a suspected would-be suicide bomber at the Stockwell subway station. More news as it develops.
Update: 6:25 a.m. EST. Reports now say that the suspected bomber was killed in the shooting, and London police have surrounded a mosque in East London after an alleged bomb threat. The cynic in me wonders if the Imam of the mosque will come out and say “this bomb threat is a hoax. We just did a quick inventory, and all our bombs inside are accounted for.”
Update: 6:30 a.m. EST. It is being confirmed that British police have shoot-to-kill orders if they believe that a bombing suspect is about to detonate his bomb. Unconfirmed reports say that the suspect was a heavily-dressed man of apparently Asian descent who was running on to a crowded train.
Update: 6:45 a.m. EST. ITV is reporting that the man was NOT carrying a backpack, but was apparently covered in heavy clothing. He was running to get on a train when he tripped and fell and was set upon by police. Scotland Yard is confirming that he is dead.
Update: 7:00 a.m. A quick recap: Apparently around 10:00 a.m. London time (5:00 a.m. EST), an Asian man wearing a heavy, quilted jacket but NOT carrying a backback or rucksack jumped the ticket turnstile at the Stockwell subway station and ran for a train. Police chased him on to the train, where he tripped or was tackled. In the ensuing struggle, he was shot between three and six times and was killed.
Meantime, an East London mosque has been surrounded by armed police, among reports of a bomb threat. There have been no further developments on that story.
I’m going to leave this post at the top of the page for a while, and hope that Kevin and/or Paul can continue the updates or start a new thread after I leave for work.