Dec 1, 2019

Queen praises "brave individuals" who wrestled London Bridge attacker

A police officer patrols near London Bridge Saturday, a day after the stabbing attack. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II led tributes Saturday to first responders and the "brave individuals who put their own lives at risk" to confront a terrorist who killed two people and wounded three others at London Bridge.

Details: Moments before police shot the attacker dead on Friday, several people rushed him, trying to disarm him of his two knives while he wore a fake suicide bombing vest. One man who helped hold down the attacker left the scene carrying a large knife, video posted to social media shows.

  • A Polish immigrant used a 5-foot narwhal tusk on the attacker, whom police named as convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England (no relation to the London mayor). The bypasser, identified as Lukasz, grabbed the tusk from the wall of his nearby workplace at Fishmongers' Hall from where the attack began, The Times reports.
  • Another man used a fire extinguisher on Khan, video posted online shows.
  • Tour guide operator Thomas Gray, 24, told Sky News of his role in tackling Khan, "I stamped on his left wrist while someone else smacked his hand on the ground and then kicked one of the knives away. I went to pick up the knife when I heard a cop say 'he has got a bomb'."
  • Convicted murderer James Ford, 42, who was on day release from prison, also helped, Kent Online first reported.

What they're saying: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the "sheer bravery" of those who helped. London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted he's in "awe of the people who ran towards danger to keep us all safe."

Sensitive content warning: The below video shows the moment "Lukasz" and the man with the fire extinguisher approach the attacker.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Saturday the United Kingdom was urgently reviewing its sentencing system after a convicted terrorist released early from prison killed two people in a London Bridge stabbing attack, AFP reports.

The latest: The cases of up to 70 convicted terrorists who've been released from prison could be reviewed by the government, per the BBC, which notes the London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England, had been sentenced for his role in a 2012 plan to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

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Tributes to the London Bridge terrorist attack victims. Photo: Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A vigil was being held Monday morning for the University of Cambridge graduates killed in the London Bridge attack, as police confirmed a 34-year-old man was recalled to prison "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts."

Why it matters: Nazam Hussain is the first convicted terrorist to be recalled to prison since British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Sunday his government was urgently reviewing its sentencing system following Usman Khan's stabbing attack, the Telegraph reports.

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A man convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses allegedly stabbed several people, two fatally, on Friday, before bystanders tackled him, and officers fatally shot him on London Bridge, the AP reports.

The latest: The Islamic State said, without evidence, that the London Bridge attack was carried out by one of its fighters, the group's Amaq news agency reported according to Reuters.

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