In London’s Fishmongers’ Hall, an attacker wielding a knife began stabbing bystanders on Friday, killing two people and injuring three more. The attacker appeared to be wearing a “suicide vest,” though Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, later stated that it was fake. Despite the obvious danger, bystanders fought the man off.
One of the brave fighters used a five-foot narwhal tusk they supposedly grabbed off the wall, stunning people on social media.
Nothing but admiration and grateful awe for the brave bystanders that took on what appeared to be a suicide bomber with fire extinguishers and an antique narwhal tusk grabbed from Fishmongers Hall. Thank you Lukasz for your tremendous heroism. pic.twitter.com/8awt9ilAtA
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 30, 2019
The Mirror reports that the man with the tusk has not been identified, but he took the tusk from the wall inside the Grade II-listed building, close to London Bridge, where the suspect was stopped and eventually shot by police.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick would not confirm whether or not police were aware of the suspect as a potential threat, but told reporters, “We will be working as fast as we can to understand who this man is, where he comes from and whether there is anyone else who we need to find quickly who might be in touch with him.”
Some people on social media have said the man with tusk was a Polish immigrant, and have used the incident as a way to discuss gun violence in the U.S. and the Brexit push against immigration.
Rightwing Americans can fuck off trying to use yesterday's attack to push their pro gun agenda. A gun didn't save the day, a Polish guy with a narwhal tusk did. If we had the kind of world the right wanted, that guy would never have been allowed to move here and become a Londoner
— Ellie Mae O'Hagan 🏴 (@MissEllieMae) November 30, 2019
There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING that says "FUCK YOU" to Brexit more than a terrorist being taken down by a Polish man brandishing a Narwhal tusk. There's your second referendum right there. REMAIN!
— Sooz Kempner (@SoozUK) November 30, 2019
Shoutout to the MAGA dicks who looked at a polish man taking out a British terrorist with a narwhal tusk and thought “this horrible situation would have been improved by less immigration and a shitload more guns”
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) November 30, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the bystanders who fought off and disarmed the attacker “for their immense bravery” and called for a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra on Friday. General Election campaigning events were cancelled for Saturday.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also thanked the fighters for their “breathtaking heroism,” and help.
A guy who was with us at Fishmongers Hall took a 5’ narwhale tusk from the wall and went out to confront the attacker. You can see him standing over the man (with what looks like a white pole) in the video. We were trying to help victims inside but that man’s a hero #LondonBridge
— Amy Coop (@theamycoop) November 29, 2019
Right now they’re all of London’s heroes.