UPDATED 12:30 PM PT — Saturday, November 30, 2019
U.K. police confirmed the suspect in the London Bridge stabbing started his attack after attending a program aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. Friday reports stated 28-year-old Usman Khan injured three people and killed two others after he launched an attack inside Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday.
Sources revealed that Khan was attending a rehab meeting following his early release from prison. Last year, he pleaded guilty to participating in an Al-Qaeda inspired plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange.
Police stated there could have been more bloodshed if it was not for the immediate intervention by the public, who reportedly used a fire extinguisher and a narwhal tusk from the Fishmongers’ Hall to subdue the suspect.
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
“They improvised in relation to trying to take the weapons off him and stopping him harming others,” stated London Mayor Sadiq Khan. “These people ignored all the advice that they’re given, which is to run away from danger, and instead ran towards danger to make sure others were safe.”
Police said Khan acted alone and emphasized that this was an isolated incident. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities said they do not believe the terrorist group was involved. However, additional security measures are being taken in the area to ensure resident safety.
“In the coming days, you will see more police, both armed and unarmed, patrolling our streets to help reassure those who are understandably concerned,” said Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick. “Similarly, our counter-terrorism detectives will be working around the clock.”
The White House has offered its support to the U.K., following the horrific stabbing attack. In a statement Friday, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said the president has been briefed on the attack and is monitoring the situation. He added, the U.S. “strongly condemns all horrific acts of violence on innocent people” and pledged the administration’s full support.