Dawn raid on alleged bomb factory - one person shot - were Operation Clydesdale rules in force ?

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Were the Operation Clydsdale rules of engagement in effect during today's shooting of a suspect during the dawn raid on the alleged "bomb factory" today in Lansdown Road?

The Guardian August 20, 2005

"the lesser-known Operation Clydesdale, which covers tactics on a planned raid against a suicide bombing suspect and which also authorises officers to shoot to to kill."

The premises are being searched by people in Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear protection suits, but on Sky TV News there are lots of people milling around in the vicinity completely unprotected.

A 5 kilometre air exclusion zone is in force.

One person is in hospital, but does not appear to have life threatening injuries, but, neither does it seem that he has been arrested.

A second man has been arrested.

Are Sir Ian Blair and the Metropolitan Police going to mess up the media reporting of this incident, just like they did after the Jean Charles de Menzes shooting last year ?

A local resident interviewed by the BBC points out that there had been a previous police raid involving several van loads of police, in the area several months ago, on the same day that suspected terrorists were arrested in Luton.

The BBC are claiming that 250 police officers were involved in this raid - which seems to be overkill.

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The BBC and Sky tv news are giving this story saturation coverage to the exclusion of any other news, which is ridiculous.

BBC are now reporting that the 23 year old who was shot (in the chest or shoulder) has been arrested in hospital, as well as his 20 year old brother arrested at the scene.

Why has there been no official statement from the Metropolitan Police ?

The IPCC has issued a statement saying that they are investgating the shooting incident. One single shot fired.

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