Earlier this week, a Huddersfield Muslim man, Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, was shot dead – according to a senior local officer – by a police officer in the performance of his duty. Mr Yaqub was killed during a ‘hard stop’ operation on the Ainley Top slip road off the westbound M62.
The SKWAWKBOX has been contacted by a senior military officer, who suggested that the ‘shooters’ in the operation were not police officers.
The officer, known on this blog as ‘Major X’ has provided evidence to this blog previously about the activities of military personnel masquerading as police officers – and he speaks with considerable expertise on the subject, as he has been responsible for placing those military personnel with police units and reporting on their operations to at least two serving Prime Ministers.
Here’s what he had to say about the Ainley Top operation:
The “police” shooters who killed Yassar Yaqub were described as not wearing identifying numbers or squad details [see here and here for other instances] on their uniforms…and they shot a (roughly) 3-inch group of 3 shots through the windscreen from 6-8 feet while running/jumping onto the bonnet of a car that may have still been moving.
That’s not likely to be actual “police”.
Here is an image of the “3-inch group”:
Some news outlets have reported that the vehicle was ‘riddled’ with bullets through the windscreen and bonnet. This is incorrect. The reports may be referring to objects or marks on the bonnet of Mr Yaqub’s Audi that are hard to identify on most pictures:
However, in one image they can be clearly seen to be car keys – presumably placed there from the various vehicles involved in the ‘hard stop’ and stopped at the scene:
As you can see in this image, the bonnet is unmarked – and while the passenger-side window is shown smashed in some images, there is no indication of bullet-holes anywhere else on the vehicle.
Except for that tight, ‘roughly’ 3-inch grouping that killed Mohammed Yassar Yaqub.
Given that the stop was made at a location which – unusually for a major slip road and roundabout – reportedly had no CCTV and that the officers involved were not wearing bodycams even though these have been in use by West Yorkshire Police, the question must be asked about the identity of the ‘shooters’ and whether they really were bona fide police officers.
Especially when a military expert with long experience of placing military personnel with police suggests they were not.
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