Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised the “breath-taking heroism” of ordinary Londoners who disarmed a knife-wielding attacker on London Bridge on Friday (November 29).
Police shot dead a man who had strapped a fake bomb to his body and stabbed a number of people in what was described as a terrorism incident.
Videos on social media showed a crowd of people who had tackled the man to the ground, wrestled the knife away, and were ushered away by police who then shot him.
Khan said the members of the public who intervened and the emergency services represented the “best in humanity”, and said Londoners stood “resolute” in the face of terrorism.
The incident occurred not far from the site of a terrorist attack in June 2017 in which three men drove a vehicle into pedestrians on the bridge, then went on a stabbing rampage in nearby Borough Market, a popular food court that attracts both locals and tourists. Eight people died and nearly 50 were injured. The attackers, who were inspired by Islamic State and wore fake suicide vests, were killed by authorities.
Earlier this month, the British government downgraded the terror threat facing the country from “severe” to “substantial.” It is the lowest level at which the terror threat has been assessed in five years, but still means that an attack could “occur without further warning.”
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