A civil servant has described for the primary time how he fought off a terrorist on London Bridge with a narwhal tusk.
Darryn Frost, who works within the Ministry of Justice’s communications division, has spoken about how he grabbed the artefact from the wall in Fishmongers’ Hall as Usman Khan ran at members of the general public with knives on 29 November.
Khan, armed with two knives and carrying a faux suicide vest, killed Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, within the assault throughout a prisoner rehabilitation programme.
Despite footage displaying Mr Frost and different members of the general public heading off Khan as they moved from the corridor onto the bridge, the civil servant’s identification has remained a thriller till now.
The 38-year-old South African, who has lived within the UK for 14 years, gave his account of the “horrible day” to induce individuals to unite in opposition to terrorism and lift cash for the victims’ households.
He mentioned he was attending the occasion however ran to assist when he heard a ruckus downstairs.
“When we heard the noise from the floor below, a few of us rushed to the scene,” he advised the PA information company.
“I took a narwhal tusk from the wall and used it to defend myself and others from the attacker.
“Another man was holding the attacker at bay with a wood chair.
“I ran down the steps, stood subsequent to the person with the chair, and the 2 of us confronted the attacker.
“He had knives in each fingers and, upon seeing me with the narwhal tusk, pointed at his midriff.
“He turned and spoke to me, then indicated he had an explosive system round his waist.
“At this level, the person subsequent to me threw his chair on the attacker, who then began working in direction of him with knives raised above his head.”
Mr Frost mentioned he handed the tusk to the opposite man earlier than working again upstairs to seek out one other to make use of.
When he got here again down he discovered the primary tusk “shattered across the floor” as individuals fled the constructing.
He mentioned: “Along with others, I pursued the attacker, tusk in hand, on to the bridge.
“We known as out to warn the general public of the hazard and, after a wrestle, managed to restrain him to the bottom.
“At that point I was trying to isolate the blades by holding his wrists so that he could not hurt anyone or set off the device.”
Mr Frost supplied his “sincere condolences” to the victims’ households and pals, including: “In reading about their lives and work I am convinced they represent all that is good in the world, and I will always feel the deep hurt of not being able to save them.”
He revealed among the injured refused remedy till others who had been extra critically harm had been tended to first.
“That consideration and kindness filled me with hope on that dark day,” he added.
Mr Frost mentioned he was “eternally grateful” to the prisoners from the course and public who ran to assist.
“Not solely do I need to thank those that confronted the attacker, but additionally those that put themselves in peril to are likely to the injured, counting on us to guard them whereas they cared for others.
“To the emergency companies: you probably did yourselves and the nation proud. I thanks too.
“To the public: I hope that the part I played in these terrible events can be used for good.”
Mr Frost known as on individuals to get behind a undertaking he has launched known as Extinguish Hate to “challenge hate and spread kindness”.
He requested individuals to donate to the victims’ fundraising pages – saskia-jones.muchloved.com and the “Celebration of the life of Jack Merritt” on GoFundMe.com
The civil servant mentioned he had omitted “many details” of the incident “out of respect for the victims and their families” and due to the continuing investigation and inquests into the assault.
Mr Merritt’s funeral was held in Cambridge on Friday, whereas a memorial service for Ms Jones happened in Stratford-upon-Avon.