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UK News ‘Hero’ bystanders took down the London Bridge attacker. They’re not the first to fight back.

23:40  29 november  2019
23:40  29 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Sadiq Khan hails ‘breathtaking heroism’ after public takes on terrorist

  Sadiq Khan hails ‘breathtaking heroism’ after public takes on terrorist Mayor Sadiq Khan has praised the “breathtaking heroism” of members of the public who “literally ran towards danger” to tackle [] The post Mayor Sadiq Khan hails ‘breathtaking heroism’ after members of public tackle terrorist appeared first on CityAM.Multiple videos have emerged showing passers-by helping to detain the man believed to have carried out multiple stabbings.

They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. LONDON — A knife-wielding attacker wearing a hoax explosive vest injured several people Friday during an assault on London Bridge that police say they are treating as a terrorist attack .

They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

a police officer standing next to a car: Police and emergency services personnel respond to the scene of an incident on London Bridge in central London on Nov. 29. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) © Dominic Lipinski/AP Police and emergency services personnel respond to the scene of an incident on London Bridge in central London on Nov. 29. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

LONDON — A knife-wielding attacker wearing a hoax explosive vest injured several people Friday during an assault on London Bridge that police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. Video widely shared on social media shows a group of bystanders wrestling the suspect to the ground before he is fatally shot by police.

In the dramatic footage, one member of the public can be seeing fleeing the scene holding a large knife — allegedly taken from the hands of the attacker to prevent him from inflicting further damage. In the video, other members of the public can be seen surrounding the suspect and seemingly helping police officers restrain him.

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They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

LONDON — A knife-wielding attacker wearing a hoax explosive vest injured several people Friday during an assault on London Bridge that police say they are treating as a terrorist attack . Video widely shared on social media shows a group of bystanders wrestling the suspect to the ground before he is

Two others died as a result of the attack, British media reported. They were identified initially only as members of the public. 

In remarks Friday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised the “breathtaking heroism” of those who grappled with the suspect, saying: “I’d also like to thank members of the public who risked their own safety this afternoon. They are the best of us.” 

In a statement after the attack, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the police, emergency services and “extraordinary bravery” of the members of the public who were involved in the incident. “They represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all of our country,” Johnson said.

Those who helped stop Friday’s London Bridge suspect in his tracks join the ranks of a number of ordinary people from around the world who have demonstrated extraordinary courage.

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They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

From Britain to New Zealand, witnesses have time and time again faced excruciating choices in the face of imminent danger, risking — and at times losing — their lives to try to save others.

Britain, 2017

a person standing in front of a building talking on a cell phone: FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, June 6, 2017, people look at the floral tributes placed at London Bridge to commemorate the victims of Saturday's attack in London.  The inquest concluded Friday June 28, 2019,  into the van and knife attack, saying the victims of the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks on June 3, 2017, were unlawfully killed, and criticized the lack of barriers to protect pedestrians on London Bridge. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, FILE) © Markus Schreiber/AP FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, June 6, 2017, people look at the floral tributes placed at London Bridge to commemorate the victims of Saturday's attack in London. The inquest concluded Friday June 28, 2019, into the van and knife attack, saying the victims of the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks on June 3, 2017, were unlawfully killed, and criticized the lack of barriers to protect pedestrians on London Bridge. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, FILE)

On June 3, 2017, three terrorists also wearing fake explosive vests drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage through the capital’s bustling Borough Market. The attackers, who were later fatally shot by British police, killed eight people.

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They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. LONDON — A knife-wielding attacker wearing a hoax explosive vest injured several people Friday during an assault on London Bridge that police say they are treating as a terrorist attack .

They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

As the attack commenced, Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverría challenged the attackers, clutching only his skateboard as a weapon. The 39-year-old was killed while attempting to save a woman being targeted by the attackers.

“It was like he didn’t even think about it, but reacted immediately,” Echeverria’s friend said in a statement. Last year, Echeverría’s parents accepted Britain’s George Medal for bravery on their son’s behalf.

Elsewhere in the market, others attempted to distract and challenge the attackers by hurling pint glasses, bottles and abuse at them as they waited for police to arrive.

One British soccer fan, Roy Larner, 47, who was drinking pints with friends at the time of the attack, decided to tackle the trio, shouting slurs in support of his favorite team as he did so. Larner was stabbed eight times in the neck, head and hands but lived to tell the tale.

An armed police officer covers a cordon near London Bridge in London, on November 29, 2019 after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge. - A man wearing a suspected hoax explosive device was shot dead by armed officers on London Bridge on Friday after a stabbing spree, in what police said was a terrorist incident. (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI/AFP via Getty Images) An armed police officer covers a cordon near London Bridge in London, on November 29, 2019 after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge. - A man wearing a suspected hoax explosive device was shot dead by armed officers on London Bridge on Friday after a stabbing spree, in what police said was a terrorist incident. (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI/AFP via Getty Images)

He has since had a beer named after him. 

Man seen running with knife from attacker was plain-clothed officer

  Man seen running with knife from attacker was plain-clothed officer Footage has emerged of the moment an attacker, wearing a fake explosive vest, is pounced on by civilians, wrestled to the ground and then shot by police on London Bridge. The attacker, who has been named as 28-year-old Usman Khan, died at the scene following the incident just before 2pm on Friday.Two members of the public died in the terror attack, and several others were injured.

They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. LONDON — A knife-wielding attacker wearing a hoax explosive vest injured several people Friday during an assault on London Bridge that police say they are treating as a terrorist attack .

They ’ re not the first to fight back . The Washington Post 11/30/2019 Jennifer Hassan, Siobhán O'Grady. In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

During a knife attack at an underground station in east London in 2015, police used a stun gun on the perpetrator who reportedly yelled “This is for Syria!” as he wounded three people.

But what garnered the most attention was the voice of an onlooker captured in footage of the incident, shouting repeatedly, “You ain’t no Muslim, bruv!” at the suspect. (“Bruv” is the British slang equivalent of the American “bro.”)

The comments went viral and trended as a hashtag on social media, as Brits praised the bystander for distancing the attacker’s actions from Islam. Then-British Prime Minister David Cameron called it a “brilliant statement” in a news conference about the incident.

“Some of us have dedicated speeches and media appearances and sound bites and everything to this subject,” he said. “But ‘you ain’t no Muslim bruv’ said it all much better than I ever could.”

New Zealand, 2019

a person talking on a cell phone: People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, the day of mass shootings at two mosques in the city. (Mark Baker/AP) © Mark Baker/AP People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, the day of mass shootings at two mosques in the city. (Mark Baker/AP)

When a white supremacist gunman went on a shooting rampage in two New Zealand mosques in March, he killed more than 50 people and wounded dozens of others.

At least one of his victims died trying to stop him.

Video footage released after the attacks showed Naeem Rashid, 50, trying to tackle the gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, outside one of the mosques. The father of three, who had emigrated to New Zealand from Pakistan a decade earlier, was hailed as a hero in his home country after his death. Prime Minister Imran Khan awarded him a posthumous bravery award, and tweeted that he was “martyred” while trying to stop the gunman. Pakistan also declared a national day of mourning after the attack.

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“My brother was a brave man who died to save others,” Khurshid Alam, Rashid’s brother, told The Washington Post in a telephone interview at the time. “His death showed how he cared for humanity.”

Norway, 2019

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mohammad Rafiq, one of the members of the al-Noor Islamic Center who stopped an attacker at the mosque, poses in Sandvika, Norway, on Aug. 11, 2019. (Lefteris Karagiannopoulos/Reuters Mohammad Rafiq, one of the members of the al-Noor Islamic Center who stopped an attacker at the mosque, poses in Sandvika, Norway, on Aug. 11, 2019. (Lefteris Karagiannopoulos/Reuters

In August, Mohammad Rafiq, an unarmed 65-year-old, stopped a gunman from attacking a Norwegian mosque by throwing him to the floor. The retired Pakistani military officer said that the heavily armed suspect fought back, punching him in the face and shoving his finger into his eye.

Rafiq’s effort to thwart what could possibly have been another deadly mosque shooting was supported by two other men inside the al-Noor Islamic Center who rushed to help pin down the aggressor.

Norwegian police said the men showed “great courage” and confirmed that they were treating the attack as a suspected act of terrorism.

Australia, 2019

In a video shared to Twitter and viewed more than 4 million times, “Significantly brave” bystanders used chairs and a milk crate to trap a man during a stabbing rampage in Sydney in August.

“I ran outside and saw people grabbing poles and bats from a firetruck and started to chase [the man] up the street,” a witness told 10 Daily.

The man, who killed one person and wounded another, was chased through the streets by witnesses who united in a desperate effort to prevent him from hurting anyone else.

Police identified the suspect as Mert Ney, 21, the Sydney Morning Herald reported at the time. Authorities told the newspaper they did not consider the attack terrorism-related, but were

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investigating. Ney has a history of mental health issues, the Morning Herald reported. 

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