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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Riots in north London over fatal police firing; 8 cops injured!


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PTI / The Hindu / LONDON, August 7, 2011.

In this image from video, a bus and shop burn in Tottenham in north London late Saturday, after two police cars were attacked by members of a community where a young man was shot dead by police on Thursday.
In this image from video, a bus and shop burn in Tottenham in north London late Saturday, after two police cars were attacked by members of a community where a young man was shot dead by police on Thursday - AP.

In one of the worst instances of public protest in the U.K. in recent years, an irate mob went on a rampage in north London, setting vehicles on fire and indulging in looting to protest against the killing of a 29-year-old local man in police firing.

Eight police men were injured overnight in the violence, including one with a head wound, and admitted to hospital after trouble broke out in Tottenham following the killing of Mark Duggan, a father of four, in the firing by the cops.

About 300 people had gathered outside a police station on the Tottenham High Road, Saturday evening, demanding “justice”.

The protest was earlier peaceful but turned violent when police cars were set alight using petrol bombs.

The situation was brought under control by early on Sunday morning.

The London Ambulance Service said separately that a total of 10 people had been treated and nine taken to hospital.

The protest took the form of a riot when hooded youths gathered and set fire to a bus and other vehicles in the area.

Shops in the area were looted with people seen pushing away shopping trolleys full of goods.

Duggan was killed by a specialist police team that deals with gun crime in London’s Afro-Caribbean communities. He was in a minicab when he was challenged by the police team and then killed in an exchange of fire on Thursday evening.


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