Thousands of armed police prepared to shoot to kill deploy in London to "reassure" public
|Comment: Doesn't it make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, knowing there are armed cops everywhere, who have been instructed to shoot to kill anyone who appears nervous or sweaty? Why would you feel nervous or sweaty? The cops love you! Travel with happiness!|
Thousands of police were on duty in London on Thursday as all subway stations reopened, one month after four bombs killed 56 people, and two weeks after a second, failed series of attacks.
More than 6,000 police were deployed throughout the tube – or subway stations – as well as in railway stations and government buildings.
In the subways, police are working above and below ground. Some are undercover.
Officials say they're doing what they can to help life return to normal.
"We are out there to reassure Londoners and also to deter any further attacks," Deputy Chief Constable Andy Trotter told the Associated Press.
Transit ridership has slumped since the attacks. Officials say the number of riders is down 15 to 20 per cent during the week, and by as much as 30 per cent on the weekends.
Thursday was the first day for all subway lines to be back in operation since the July 7 attacks at three tube stations and a bus line.
Fifty-six people died and about 700 were injured.
Two weeks later on July 21, the detonators of four more bombs went off as planned – again in three subway cars and a bus. But the main loads of explosives failed to ignite.
Four suspects in that second attack are in police custody, three in Britain and one in Rome.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man appeared in court on Thursday in London and was ordered to remain in custody.
Ismael Abdurahman was arrested in connection with the July 21 attacks and charged under British anti-terrorism laws.
Abdurahman is the first person to be charged as part of the investigation into the attacks. He is not one of the four main suspects, but instead has been charged with hindering the police investigation by protecting a possible suspect.