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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
Police await shot terror suspect
Scene of police raid
The property was searched at the weekend

A terror suspect shot in the shoulder during a police raid is not yet well enough to be interviewed by detectives, his solicitor has said.

Mohammed Abdulkahar, 23, and his brother Abul Koyair, 20, were arrested after Friday's raid on a terraced house in Forest Gate, east London.

The men, held in police custody, have denied any involvement in terrorism.

Police have resumed a search for a chemical device intelligence had suggested might be at their house.

He saw it happen, he knows what happened, he's 100% clear on that, there was no struggle
Solicitor Kate Roxburgh

Mr Abdulkahar's solicitor, Kate Roxburgh, told BBC News her client was not yet well enough to be interviewed by detectives at Paddington Green police station.

She said Mr Abdulkahar had seen a police doctor on Monday morning and would not be ready to be interviewed until later in the afternoon "at the earliest".

"He is in a lot of pain, he is on some very strong painkillers, he is feeling sick, he is finding it very hard to sleep, he is feeling stiff and movement is restricted," she said.

But she said her client, who "denies any involvement whatsoever in terrorism", was "very coherent" and "very clear what happened".

"He was coming down a flight of stairs, his brother was behind him and above him on the stairs. He was shot from in front by an officer at close range," she said.

"He saw it happen, he knows what happened, he is 100% clear on that, there was no struggle."

Police officers can shoot "to stop an imminent threat to life"
A firearms officer should identify themselves and give an oral warning of intent to shoot
Officers should not fire warning shots except in "most serious and exceptional" circumstances
Shots should be aimed at the central body mass
The Operation Kratos [shoot-to-kill] policy allows officers to shoot at the head without warning if they believe the suspect may detonate a bomb
Kratos does not require police to see a "suicide jacket" before opening fire

The Metropolitan Police have never said a warning was given - an official statement said only that a 23-year-old man had received a gunshot wound.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said it was inappropriate for them to comment while an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the incident was under way.

The IPCC said its investigation was focused "on the circumstances of the discharge of the police firearm".

It does not yet have accounts from all who witnessed the shooting.

An IPCC spokesman said it was unclear when the commission would be able to take statements from the two brothers, because of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Met Police Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman said police had "no choice" but to raid the Forest Gate house.

He said police had received focused, specific information, adding that if officers had chosen not to act upon it and there was a device "you would never be able to live with yourself that you didn't intervene".

Met detectives are due to re-interview Mr Koyair, and have permission to hold both men until Wednesday.

His solicitor, Julian Young, said his client had already been questioned three times, but no specific allegation had been put to him.

Julian Young and Kate Roxburgh
The brothers' solicitors say their clients are innocent

Mr Young said Mr Koyair "denies any involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist offences".

On Monday, an examination of the house in Lansdown Road continued.

But so far the chemical device police are looking for has not been found.

The brothers' workplaces in Tottenham, north London, and Whitechapel, east London were searched on Saturday.

New Muslim Council of Britain general secretary Muhammad Abdul Bari will visit Forest Gate on Monday night to listen to the "evident concerns" of Muslims in the area, he said.

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