Footage has emerged of a stabbing rampage Friday on the London Bridge which police declared a terrorist attack.
I’m one video, apparently recorded by a man on a bus stopped nearby, shows civilians subduing the attacker before police shoot him.
About 10 people are seen struggling to pin him to the ground. One man in the crowd, who is wearing a suit and tie, is seen walking away holding a long knife that was apparently taken from the attacker.
Three police officers climb rush onto the bridge and pull the civilians off the attacker one by one. The officers then surround the attacker with their weapons pointed at him.
Two gunshots are heard, followed by a woman’s gasp. The man filming the video calls it “terrifying.”
According to British police, the attacker was shot dead by officers and two other people were killed in the stabbing in central London.
The attacker was found to be wearing a fake explosive vest, police said.
British media reported that the attacker was a terrorist prisoner who was released early and was believed to be wearing a tracking tag.
The man seen with the knife was identified as a plainclothes transportation police officer
London Bridge has seen terrorism before
London has in recent years grown accustomed to Islamist terrorist attacks.
In 2017, three Islamic State-inspired terrorists rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree in the nearby Borough Market.
Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants. Armed London police ultimately shot the attackers dead.
Three months earlier, a similar attack on London’s Westminster Bridge killed four people, including an unarmed police officer. Dozens of people were injured. The attacker wore a fake explosive vest.
Just a few weeks ago, on Nov. 4, the U.K. threat level was lowered from “severe” to “substantial.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday praised the bravery of the first responders and the members of the public who intervened to stop the latest terrorist attack.
“And I think the message that we send to them and anyone associated with this type of attack is one that will be familiar, and that is that this country will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack and our British values will prevail,” he said.
Johnson also called for the United Kingdom “get out of that habit” of releasing “serious and violent criminals” from prison early and to “enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists.”
He promised to bolster the police presence on the streets of London over the weekend and to add 20,000 officers to the force.