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'Police Shot Bombers' Reports New Zealander (Suicide Bombers Thwarted -- GOOD SHOOTING, BOYS!)
New Zealand Herald ^ | 7/09/2005 | staff

Posted on 07/09/2005 2:28:24 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

A New Zealander working for Reuters in London says two colleagues witnessed the unconfirmed shooting by police of two apparent suicide bombers outside the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf in London.

The New Zealander, who did not want to be named, said the killing of the two men wearing bombs happened at 10.30am on Thursday (London time).

Following the shooting, the 8000 workers in the 44-storey tower were told to stay away from windows and remain in the building for at least six hours, the New Zealand man said.

He was not prepared to give the names of his two English colleagues, who he said witnessed the shooting from a building across the road from the tower.

Reports of attacks carried out by suicide bombers have been rife in London.

Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported an unconfirmed incident of police shooting a bomber outside the HSBC tower.

Canadian Brendan Spinks, who works on the 18th floor of the tower, said he saw a "massive rush of policemen" outside the building after London was rocked by the bombings.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2005; canarywharf; canarywharfplot; foiled; gwot; homicidebombers; islamofascism; london; londonattacked; newzealand; suicidebombers; waronterror
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1 posted on 07/09/2005 2:28:28 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Sounds like a BS friend-of-a-friend story to me. Do you really think Reuters would sit on it?


2 posted on 07/09/2005 2:31:08 AM PDT by alnitak ("That kid's about as sharp as a pound of wet liver" - Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Whoa, whoa, whoa, suicide bombers in New Zealand?


3 posted on 07/09/2005 2:32:29 AM PDT by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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Two Muslim suicide bombers dead, no innocents killed or wounded. All in all, not a bad shift for the Kiwis. Hand 'em some medals and hoist 'em some brews.


5 posted on 07/09/2005 2:33:13 AM PDT by jayhorn (when i hit the drum, you shake the booty.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It would be nice to believe this were true, but several things don't quite tally...


7 posted on 07/09/2005 2:33:55 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
I'm suspicious because it's 48 hours after the attack and there were 8000 people in the building next to the alleged incident. The London tabloids would not have kept this quiet for so long.
8 posted on 07/09/2005 2:34:43 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: alnitak
Do you really think Reuters would sit on it?

Do I believe Reuters would actually "sit" on a story giving Islam an (additional) black eye, PR-wise?

Is this a trick question, of some sort...? :)

9 posted on 07/09/2005 2:41:04 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-G-d, PRO-LIFE..." -- FR founder Jim Robinson)
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To: alnitak

"Do you really think Reuters would sit on it?"

Never, not for five minutes.


10 posted on 07/09/2005 2:41:58 AM PDT by jocon307 (Can we close the border NOW?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
...witnessed the unconfirmed shooting...

Confusing statement? So are London police officers now armed? Hardly seems fair when no one else is armed. They may have to rethink that.

11 posted on 07/09/2005 2:45:21 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"A rumor began to circulate that there had been an attempted suicide bombing of the Bank of America building in Canary Wharf but the bomber had been shot by police before detonating."


This was from Dan Turner a Canadian living in London writing about the London attack. He was on the tube.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050708.wsayy0708/BNStory/Front/
12 posted on 07/09/2005 2:56:12 AM PDT by endthematrix ("an ominous vacancy" fills this space)
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To: endthematrix

"And the biggest story going round the City of London after the attacks on Thursday morning (but not officially confirmed by the police) was that marksmen had shot and killed a potential bomber in the vicinity of Canary Wharf."

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=July2005&file=Local_News20050709388.xml


13 posted on 07/09/2005 2:59:24 AM PDT by endthematrix ("an ominous vacancy" fills this space)
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To: endthematrix

Well, all the people who were allegedly told to stay in the building would know if this is true or not. They were either asked by the police to not leave the building or the weren't. Should be reasonably easy to confirm this rumour or not.


14 posted on 07/09/2005 3:09:20 AM PDT by flaglady47
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

If these martyrs were gunned down without actually slaughtering any of the infidel, do they still get their 72 virgins? Maybe they can get 36 each, because they really tried!


15 posted on 07/09/2005 3:10:52 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES!!)
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To: FreePaul
While I doubt the story...

While most police officers in London are not armed, there are certainly armed officers fulfilling roles similar to those filled by SWAT Teams in US police forces.

These are referred to as SO19 Officers and are members of the Police Firearms Unit.

A significant number of other officers, including many detectives, are firearms trained and while they are not routinely armed, do carry firearms under special circumstances.

16 posted on 07/09/2005 3:26:21 AM PDT by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle


17 posted on 07/09/2005 3:26:53 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (John 6: 51-58)
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To: gridlock
If these martyrs were gunned down without actually slaughtering any of the infidel, do they still get their 72 virgins?

Nope – they get sent to 72 Virginians.
18 posted on 07/09/2005 3:27:49 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: gridlock

sadly the chances of 8,000 people not speaking to the press about the shooting of two potential suicide bombers on the same day 50 people were sluaghtered a few miles away is about zero.

therefore its probably safe to say that the shootings did not take place. arrests may have taken place, though i'm sure the police would have said so by now.

police officers in london are generally not armed. all officers recieve firearms training and firearms are available for 'general use', however some police officers - those from the diplomatic and royal protection groups, the special branch, anti-terrorist branch and the 'flying squad' are armed as part of their normal duties. armed incidents in the UK are attended by specialist firearms teams who volunteer for such duties and are trained to a particularly high standard. they are based locally and arrive at the same time as unarmed police officers.


19 posted on 07/09/2005 3:33:20 AM PDT by cokecan
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To: gridlock
If these martyrs were gunned down without actually slaughtering any of the infidel, do they still get their 72 virgins? Maybe they can get 36 each, because they really tried!

Nope, blowing the op means they become one of the virgins.

20 posted on 07/09/2005 3:35:23 AM PDT by papertyger (Power concedes nothing without a demand. Frederick Douglass)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I've been wondering about this report for a few hours.

As reports broke, there were reports of 5 explosions in the tubes, and one bus exploding. Later there was a report of a 7th 'explosion' in the financial district.

From the Telegraph's minnte by minute timeline:

9.46am: British Transport Police reports explosions on the Underground at Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross, Old Street and Russell Square.

In actuality, there were 3 tube explosions: at Aldgate, between King's Cross and Russell Square, and Edgeware Road.

So, was one of these shootings near the Old Street station, and could the other have been in the financial district?

Some of the early reports could be inaccurate, but there does seem to be reports of 'explosions' that are unaccounted for.


21 posted on 07/09/2005 3:38:25 AM PDT by Reform4Bush
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I thought Brit cops didn't carry firearms.


22 posted on 07/09/2005 3:38:45 AM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Washington State--Land of Court-approved Voting Fraud.)
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To: cokecan
...they are based locally and arrive at the same time as unarmed police officers.

I imagine that the unarmed officers make sure that the armed officers have plenty of time to keep the appointment.

23 posted on 07/09/2005 3:40:01 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: jayhorn
Two Muslim suicide bombers dead, no innocents killed or wounded. All in all, not a bad shift for the Kiwis. Hand 'em some medals and hoist 'em some brews.

"Gun Control" at it's best.

24 posted on 07/09/2005 3:46:47 AM PDT by evad (No action to secure borders, No action on judges... NO MONEY!)
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To: Crazieman
Whoa, whoa, whoa, suicide bombers in New Zealand?

"witnessed the unconfirmed shooting by police of two apparent suicide bombers outside the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf in London."

The "unconfirmed" part has my attention at the moment...

25 posted on 07/09/2005 3:49:52 AM PDT by Allegra (On the Rocks With Salt, Please...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I heard this story from a "friend of a friend" on Thursday evening. She works as a solicitor in Canary Wharf and phoned her brother, a police officer in Southampton, to see if he knew anything about it. A different source but the events were described exactly as in this story.


26 posted on 07/09/2005 3:50:00 AM PDT by burlywood
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To: gridlock
If these martyrs were gunned down without actually slaughtering any of the infidel, do they still get their 72 virgins? Maybe they can get 36 each, because they really tried!

The small print in the Koran actually says they get "72 virgin goats."

Imagine the surprise and subsequent delight of those martyrs when they discover that little fact. ;-)

27 posted on 07/09/2005 3:52:38 AM PDT by Allegra (On the Rocks With Salt, Please...)
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To: Allegra

I've been up too long


28 posted on 07/09/2005 4:00:49 AM PDT by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Allegra
The small print in the Koran actually says they get "72 virgin goats."

Close enough?


29 posted on 07/09/2005 4:07:07 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Crazieman
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, suicide bombers in New Zealand?"

New Zealanders in London.

They invaded.

30 posted on 07/09/2005 4:08:58 AM PDT by Majic (In loving and respectful memory of Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, 12/23/1923-7/5/2005)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050707.wcanar0707/BNStory/Front/

'A massive rush of policemen'

By KATIE ROOK

Thursday, July 7, 2005 Updated at 11:34 AM EDT

Globe and Mail Update

From the 18th floor of Canary Wharf in London, Canadian Brendan Spinks could see a “massive rush of policemen” outside the building Thursday after the city was rocked by terrorist attacks.

The Internet in his office had just gone done down when Mr. Spinks, an investment banker at HSBC, saw a flurry of police cars and yellow-vested men outside.

Reports of attacks carried out by suicide bombers were rife, and in one unconfirmed incident police shot a suicide bomber outside the 42-floor banking tower.

excerpt...

31 posted on 07/09/2005 4:12:47 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: cokecan
"sadly the chances of 8,000 people not speaking to the press about the shooting of two potential suicide bombers on the same day 50 people were slaughtered a few miles away is about zero."

You're absolutely right about that. Of 8000 people there would have to be at least one who would talk to the press. Personally, I wouldn't give the press anything other than undisguised contempt.

32 posted on 07/09/2005 4:16:25 AM PDT by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: cokecan
"They are based locally and arrive at the same time as unarmed police officers."

I like the fact that police officers are armed on this side of the pond. But I like the fact we are armed even better.

33 posted on 07/09/2005 4:22:22 AM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: pageonetoo

That's too sick even for me.


34 posted on 07/09/2005 4:28:39 AM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: pageonetoo

EEEEEEEEK!!

Hey, we could use about 100 of those. Our troops could drop one via parachute in the one of the terrorist cell areas in Iraq and say "and we've got 99 more of those if you guys don't knock it off."

We might be on to something here...

35 posted on 07/09/2005 4:40:22 AM PDT by Allegra (On the Rocks With Salt, Please...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I don't believe it. I think the interogation value of the bombers would be very apparent to any cop at the scene. I'd understand the urge but I don't think a London cop would pass up the chance to get the necessary info for more thorough revenge.


36 posted on 07/09/2005 4:45:22 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: Crazieman

The story is that a New Zealander saw the police in London shoot these two men, it happened in London.


37 posted on 07/09/2005 4:49:08 AM PDT by stockpirate (We can fight them in Iraq! Or we can fight them outback! Which do you prefer?)
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To: gridlock

No they get the full allotment of virgins, but they are camels not women.


38 posted on 07/09/2005 4:50:36 AM PDT by stockpirate (We can fight them in Iraq! Or we can fight them outback! Which do you prefer?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I thought their cops didn't carry guns.


39 posted on 07/09/2005 4:58:01 AM PDT by ahayes
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To: Crazieman
suicide bombers in New Zealand?

No. " shooting by police of two apparent suicide bombers outside the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf in London."

40 posted on 07/09/2005 5:00:58 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: ahayes
I thought their cops didn't carry guns.

That was before they started to carry carry guns.

41 posted on 07/09/2005 5:03:30 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Has the ACLU sued the cops yet? Be patient a little, give em time.


42 posted on 07/09/2005 5:21:58 AM PDT by Waco
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Bobbies don't pack heat, do they?
43 posted on 07/09/2005 5:24:42 AM PDT by canalabamian (Durka durka...Allah FUBAR!)
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To: FreePaul
So are London police officers now armed?

A lot of them are. A decade ago I purchased a couple of dozen of nice Smith & Wesson model 10s that had been issued to the London police. They had British proof marks and a fair amount of holster wear, but shot very well. The importer that I got them from said that he was able to obtain them because the London police were converting to Glocks (9mm semi-autos).

44 posted on 07/09/2005 5:30:54 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: Crazieman

In London!


45 posted on 07/09/2005 6:07:03 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Allegra; Flyer; Eaker; humblegunner; thackney; TheMom; Xenalyte; pax_et_bonum

The fact that this incident was "leaked" and "reported" like it was, leaves me to believe that we obviously do not have, and will never have, the "full" scope of what happened...

Somebody, somewhere, will ask more about this, and by that time someone else will have cooked up a plausible senario and explanation, and that'll be that...

Remember control and distribution of the dis-information is key...For some reason they feel its important to be able to do this whenever they can...

Me??? I'm just a junior level conspiracy theorist...


46 posted on 07/09/2005 6:30:04 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans)
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To: stevie_d_64
Remember control and distribution of the dis-information is key.

So the head terrorjerks are left wondering if these two are really dead. . . or squealing like a pig?

47 posted on 07/09/2005 6:35:21 AM PDT by Flyer (~ TexasBorderWatch.com ~)
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To: Flyer

That would be an unexpected bonus for our side I suppose...


48 posted on 07/09/2005 6:39:28 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I officially call BuIIS**t.


49 posted on 07/09/2005 6:44:43 AM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: alnitak
My sister said on Thursday that this happened at Canary Wharf!

My sister just moved back to the US 2 weeks ago after living in the UK for 15 years. Her boyfriend in London called her on Thursday after the bombings to say that he was OK and told her that a bomber had been shot at Canary Wharf by police. I didn't really believe her at the time thinking it was probably just panicked rumors.

Perhaps I was wrong.
50 posted on 07/09/2005 6:51:50 AM PDT by itslex71 (southern by birth, republican by the grace of my dad)
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