London Bridge killer screamed ‘I have a bomb’ but heroes leapt on him anyway without knowing ‘suicide belt’ was fake

THE London Bridge terrorist yelled “I have a bomb” during his knife rampage – but hero onlookers tackled him to the ground anyway.

Terrorist Usman Khan, 28, was wrestled to the floor after he began stabbing at people on the stairs outside the main conference room at Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday.

 A shocking photo showed Khan armed with two knives before he was pinned down and shot dead by police

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A shocking photo showed Khan armed with two knives before he was pinned down and shot dead by police
 The London Bridge attacker has been named as convicted terrorist Usman Khan

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The London Bridge attacker has been named as convicted terrorist Usman KhanCredit: PA:Press Association
 Hero onlookers tackled the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan
Hero onlookers tackled the London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan

Khan killed Jack Merritt, 25, who worked for prisoner rehabilitation group Learning Together, as well as a female member of the group’s staff whose name has not yet been confirmed.

As Khan ran out to London Bridge to carry on his rampage, he was pursued by heroic former prisoners and staff.

When Khan saw the group chasing him, he is said to have shouted: “I’m not here for you. I’m here for the police. I have a bomb!”

Undeterred, several former prisoners – including murderer James Ford, 42, who was on day release – and staff chased the knife-wielding killer out of the building.

Extraordinary footage showed bystanders tackling the terrorist, who had two blades and was wearing what turned out to be a fake suicide vest.

One used a fire extinguisher on him and a Polish chef named Lukasz is thought to be the hero who grabbed a 5ft whale tusk from inside the Fishmongers’ Hall venue before chasing Khan with two others.

Tour guide Tom Gray, 24, who risked his own life with colleague Stevie Hurst, 32, to tackle Khan, stamped on the fiend’s wrist to try to make him release one of the two large knives.

Tom said: “I was brought up on rugby and the rule is ‘one in, all in’. I did what any Londoner would do.”

A kitchen employee, named only as Mohammed, helped pin Khan down until cops arrived and shot the jihadist dead.

His boss said: “He held the guy down. He was on his break. He came back afterwards to work. He didn’t say anything, he went back to work, washing dishes.”

Khan is the first freed terrorist to launch an attack in this country.

 Jack Merritt was the course co-ordinator for Learning Together

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Jack Merritt was the course co-ordinator for Learning Together
 Armed police at the scene where two people were stabbed in a terror attack

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Armed police at the scene where two people were stabbed in a terror attack

Khan was freed to murder after appeal judges cut short his jail term over a previous plot.

He was one of three terrorists locked up in 2012 — all given indeterminate tariffs for “public protection”.

A year later a three-strong appeal panel, led by Sir Brian Leveson, replaced the sentence with a fixed 16-year term, of which Khan should serve half in prison.

That meant he was freed on licence last December — without going before a parole board.

Khan was given “special permission” to attend the London conference on prisoners’ rehab where he launched his attack.

He had been barred from the capital under his licence conditions.

But he was allowed by his probation officer to travel to the Learning Together conference at Fishmongers’ Hall, north of London Bridge, on Friday.

He attended the morning session of the Cambridge University-run event before returning after lunch to launch his rampage.

No-one else is being sought over the attack.

Mr Merritt’s father David called his son a “beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog”.

Writing on Twitter Mr Merritt said: “He was an exceptional young man, and I’m only finding out the half of it now he’s gone.”

London Bridge and Borough market were the scene of a terror attack in 2017, when eight victims were killed along with the three terrorists, who were also wearing fake suicide vests and armed with knives.

The latest attack comes weeks after the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded.

The threat level was lowered on November 4 to “substantial” from “severe”, meaning attacks were thought to be “likely” rather than “highly likely”.

 The London Bridge terrorist on the ground, with a knife lying next to him

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The London Bridge terrorist on the ground, with a knife lying next to him
London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan speaks to BBC Midlands Today in 2008

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