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Bystanders Subdued the Alleged London Bridge Attacker. One of Them Was Reportedly a Polish Immigrant Armed Only With a Narwhal Tusk

On Friday, two people were killed in a stabbing on London Bridge in Central London, which police have labeled a “terror incident.” Three others remain in the hospital. The alleged attacker was shot by the police and died.

But more lives might have been lost if not for bystanders who jumped in and subdued the attacker before the police arrived, tackling him to the ground. One of those men was reportedly armed with nothing by a narwhal tusk, and another with just a fire extinguisher.

According to media reports, one of the men who sprang into action to stop the attack was a Polish immigrant named Luckasz, who grabbed a Narwhal tusk off the wall of Fishmongers’ Hall and ran at the alleged terrorist. Luckasz reportedly works at Fishmongers’ Hall.

According to The Guardian, another member of the public who confronted the alleged attacker was armed with just a fire extinguisher.

Speechless. Members of the public with nothing but a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher tackle a murderous terrorist.

Heroism, pure and simple. pic.twitter.com/QAlVkFiexs

— Matthew Thompson (@mattuthompson) November 30, 2019

The Times has named the man who grabbed a narwhal tusk and ran at the terrorist as “Luckasz”, a chef from Poland who worked in the hall’s kitchen.https://t.co/qlJKZYfsoN https://t.co/YOsaVHcqpe

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) November 30, 2019

Police confirmed on Saturday that the attacker was 28-year-old Usman Khan, who had been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses, and had been released from prison in 2018.

At a press conference Friday night, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick thanked the members of the public who helped stop the attacker, either by tackling him or by the following the police’s instructions.

“The empty ideology of terror offers nothing but hatred and today I urge everyone to reject that,” Dick said. “Ours is a great city because we embrace each other’s differences. We must emerge stronger still from this tragedy. In doing that we will ensure that the few who seek to divide us will never, ever succeed.”

Speaking to the BBC Saturday morning, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, praised the bystanders who jumped into action. He pointed out that the attacker was wearing a dummy suicide vest — which the bystanders didn’t know was fake — and yet they still confronted him. “I’m so proud, and we should all be really proud,” Khan said.

I am in awe of the people who ran towards danger to keep us all safe. The bravery of the emergency services and ordinary Londoners is incredible. @bbcbreakfast: pic.twitter.com/gcyIkKNMkH

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 30, 2019

In a statement Friday night, Khan said, “Heartbreaking confirmation from the Met Commissioner that two people who were attacked this afternoon have tragically died – victims of the appalling terrorist attack at London Bridge. My heart goes out to them, their loved ones and to everybody affected. London will never be cowed by terrorism. Terrorism will never win.”

Please read my updated statement on the terror attack at London Bridge.

I will be attending the government's emergency COBRA meeting tonight. pic.twitter.com/oItKLpTaP7

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 29, 2019

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