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Officer cleared of wrongdoing in shooting

August 4, 2006

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— A police marksman who wounded a suspect during an anti-terror raid stumbled during the operation and accidentally fired his gun, the police complaints bureau ruled Thursday, exonerating the officer of any wrongdoing.

The officer was one of 250 police who rushed the London row house on June 2 acting on intelligence that a chemical bomb was there.

He entered the property with the safety catch of his submachine gun switched off, the report by Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission said.

The officer confronted the suspect, Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 23, on a staircase.

"He and the two figures came into contact and this caused him to lose his balance and come into contact with the wall," the report said.

Kahar, 23, who was shot in the shoulder, and his brother were detained, but released without charge after a week. No bomb was found.

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