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U.K. Police Kill Man 'Directly Linked' To Antiterrorist Operation

22 July 2005 -- London Metropolitan police have confirmed that officers shot a man at an underground metro station this morning, saying afterward that the fatal incident was "directly linked to [an] ongoing and expanding" antiterrorist operation.

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. Police later today released captures from surveillance cameras showing four men they believe are connected to yesterday's "partial detonation" incidents, asking for the public's help in finding them.

The man was shot today at Stockwell station in South London, which was subsequently evacuated. Service on two London underground lines that pass through Stockwell was also suspended.

Meanwhile, an Al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for yesterday's bomb attacks that targeted the city'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 said they 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.

See also:

"Britain Searches For Response To London Bombings"

"'Incidents' In London Spark Emergency Response"

"EU: Fortress Europa?"