U.K. hails onlookers who intervened to stop London Bridge stabbing attack

U.K. hails onlookers who intervened to stop London Bridge stabbing attack

LONDON– From Queen Elizabeth II to political leaders and social networks users across the nation, Britons were on Saturday applauding onlookers who intervened using what seemed a fire extinguisher and a narwhal tusk to stop the knife-wielding suspect in a lethal attack on London Bridge

Authorities identified the suspect late Friday as Usman Khan, a 28- year-old who was released from prison in 2015 after serving time for terrorism offenses.

He was shot dead by police, however just after the intervention of members of the public assisted cut short Khan’s stabbing spree.

Video published to social media from eyewitnesses appeared to show at least 3 males chasing the suspect and pinning him to the ground.

One appeared to charge at him with the antique tusk of a narwhal– a type of whale– while another sprayed him with a fire extinguisher prior to knocking him down.

A guy who was with us at Fishmongers Hall took a 5′ narwhale tusk from the wall and headed out to face the aggressor. You can see him towering above the man (with what appears like a white pole) in the video. We were trying to assist victims inside but that male’s a hero #LondonBridge

— Amy Cage (@theamycoop) November 29, 2019

Absolutely nothing however admiration and grateful wonder for the brave onlookers that took on what seemed a suicide bomber with fire extinguishers and an antique narwhal tusk grabbed from Fishmongers Hall. Thank you Lukasz for your remarkable heroism. pic.twitter.com/8awt9ilAtA

— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 30, 2019

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Local tourist guide Thomas Gray, 24, informed NBC News he parked his car on the bridge when he noticed the turmoil and ran over to assist.

” They were the bravest males I’ve ever seen,” he stated. “I would not wish to see them on a dark night.”

Gray said the opponent had a knife in each hand. “I asked what was going on and they stated the person just stabbed two women back there,” Gray stated.

He added that the blades seemed about 8 inches long and the suspect was wearing gloves.

With the suspect being held on the ground, Gray stated he stomped on his wrist, forcing him to drop one of the knives.

Police got here within moments and video footage appeared to show officers dragging clear one of the spectators who was still facing Khan. Gray and the others then went to security while shots were fired.

Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement sharing acknowledgements to the families of the victims and praising those who stepped in.

” I express my enduring thanks to the cops and emergency services, as well as the brave individuals who put their own lives at danger to selflessly help and safeguard others,” the queen said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement he desired “to commemorate the amazing bravery of those members of the general public who physically stepped in to secure the lives of others.”

” They represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all our nation,” he added.

Opposition Labour Celebration leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a post on Twitter that the country owes “a deep debt of gratitude to our authorities and emergency situation services, and the brave members of the public who put themselves in harm’s method to protect others.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also acknowledged the bravery of both the public and cops for facing the suspect in spite of what later turned out to be a phony explosive vest.

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Khan informed the BBC: “They saw a guy with a belt around him, which for wanton functions might have been an explosive belt, a suicide vest, and they ran towards him to stop him from hurting other individuals and I’m so happy and we should all be actually happy with these individuals.”

However the spectators involved appeared not to have let their dramatic Friday afternoon efforts divert them excessive.

” I am just a Londoner doing his bit,” stated Gray. “I’m going to have a pint to shake it off.”

Linda Givetash

Linda Givetash is a reporter based in London. She formerly worked for The Canadian Press in Vancouver and Nation Media in Uganda.

Duncan Gardham

Duncan Gardham is an NBC News Security Expert.

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