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Granny, 74, has heart attack after gun cop ordeal

Exclusive by Shirin Aguiar
29/7/2005

A MUSLIM FAMILY told Blink of their ordeal after armed cops terrified a disabled grandmother causing her to suffer a heart attack.

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The west London mosque near the gun terror incident.

The incident began when three plain-clothed cops brandishing large weapons confronted Somali mother Aziza Hassan, 39, her young son Ahmed Omar, and 74-year-old grandmother Kadija Hassan.

It is alleged that armed police trained their guns on the 12-year-old boy as they walked to their local mosque in Queens Park, west London, last Friday afternoon.

Brave granny Kadija leaped forward to protect her grandson, putting herself between the child and the armed cops. She was pushed against the wall by officers and suffered a heart attack.

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Kadija was rushed to hospital where she is awaiting an operation. In an exclusive interview, Aziza Hassan told Blink that her mother walks with a stick and fell over after she was shoved by police.

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Aziza said: “She tried to protect him. They pushed her away from my son and she fell against the wall.

“She walks with a stick. She can’t control her balance. The stick fell down and she fell in the corner. She started breathing very heavily.”

Aziza, who has two other children aged nine and 10, said she was still in a state of shock.

She said: “I was shaking, I couldn’t control it. It’s a horrible feeling. Always innocent people pay the price. It’s really horrible. He’s a child. He’s just coping.”

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She said the incident had destroyed her faith in the police. “They have to do these things but why didn’t they come and knock on the door and look in the house?

 - quote - I was terrified. I thought, ‘Oh my God, it's finished'. I thought that was the last thing. I wouldn’t wish for my worst enemy to be in that position.  - unquote -
Aziza Hassan

“I feel very angry about these police. My mother can’t even walk properly. I was terrified. I thought, ‘Oh my God, it's finished'.

“I thought that was the last thing. I wouldn’t wish for my worst enemy to be in that position.

“I just want to stay in peace. I just want to respect the law in the country. I want to be one of the British people.”

Ironically the family fled the troubles in their native Somalia 15 years ago to seek refuge in Britain.

Her son Ahmed revealed that he hated police now. He said he thought he was going to die after cops appeared out of nowhere and trained their guns at his back.

Ahmed told BBC 5Live: “Undercover police came out with massive guns and they were pointing at me, my back. They all started shouting at me, ‘Put your hands up, put your hands up.’ I thought they were going to shoot me.”

“The schoolboy described his terror as he tried to freeze: “They were aiming at my back.

“I couldn’t turn round because I was scared they might shoot me. I was really shocked actually. I was scared and shocked. It’s hard to believe that happened.”

Ahmed insisted that three guns were trained on him by the officers. After the incident Mrs Hassan voluntarily helped police with their enquiries at a station for eight hours.

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