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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2006, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Reaction to Forest Gate report
The shooting of a man in Forest Gate, east London during an anti-terror raid on a house has been deemed an accident by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The firearms officer involved committed "no criminal or disciplinary offence" when Mohammed Abdulkahar, 23, was shot at home in Forest Gate, on 2 June.

His lawyers, family and the police have released reaction to the news.

GARETH PEIRCE AND ALASTAIR LYON, MOHAMMED ABDULKAHAR'S SOLICITORS

In a joint statement, the solicitors to Mohammed Abdulkahar, said: "We are utterly mystified to learn that the IPCC has not interviewed the officer who shot our client or any other officers present in the house.

"We are astonished to learn that instead the IPCC accepted statements that the officers prepared themselves, a most unusual and unsatisfactory practice.

"The IPCC has concluded that the officer involved shot Mr Abdulkahar accidentally.

"We cannot see how the IPCC can draw such a conclusion when the forensic scientist, whose report they say they are relying on, was not able to conclude whether officer B6 accidentally or deliberately discharged his weapon."

HUMEYA KALAM, MOHAMMED ABDULKAHAR'S SISTER

"I am deeply disgusted by this report; I feel we've been let done by the IPCC as well as the police.

"They haven't done a thorough investigation; they seemed to have rushed it.

"When they first spoke to us they told us it would take at least seven months and this has been done in just over two months."

GLEN SMYTH, CHAIRMAN OF THE MET POLICE FEDERATION

Glen Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation which represents rank-and-file officers, said: "We are naturally pleased that the officer has been completely exonerated from any wrong-doing.

"The incident is yet another illustration of the difficulties under which officers have to operate in these threatening times.

"Like his colleagues, this firearms officer has skills vital to the protection of people who live, work or visit the capital.

"The IPCC's findings ensure the officer will remain operational and that, therefore, these skills will continue to available, which is good news for Londoners."

TARIQUE GHAFFUR, MET POLICE ASST COMMISSIONER

AC Ghaffur said he welcomed the findings but regretted how an accidental discharge resulted in someone being injured.

He said: "We have always maintained that there were two sides to this story and today's announcement and findings by the IPCC knocks down many of the inaccurate and misleading statements that were previously made.

"In this case an independent forensic scientist has concluded that the weapon was within two inches of Abdulkahar when discharged and was not in a normal firing position."






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