Murderer speaks of striking London Bridge terrorist with narwhal tusk

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Accused killer Steve Gallant has talked about taking London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan with Narwal Tusk

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Steven Gallant was the first to be released from prison to attend a prisoner rehabilitation program when Khan stabbed 25-year-old Cambridge University graduate Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, on November 29, 2019.

The killer, who was serving 17, confronted Khan with a chair and narwhal teeth before helping him to the ground, causing armed police to shoot him outside Fishmongers Hall.

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Mr Gallant was approved to be released from prison earlier this year because of his bravery.

Ignoring the advice of a prison officer, Mr. Gallant followed the officer as soon as the attack took place and found him giving first aid to a woman and another woman lying on the floor.

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In his first interview since his release, he told how Khan came to him armed with two knives and a fake bomb on his body.

Khan was confronted by Darrin Frost, Steve Gallant and John Crilly at London Bridge after the attack (met police/PA)

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Khan was confronted by Darrin Frost, Steve Gallant and John Crilly at London Bridge after the attack (met police/PA)

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He told Channel 4 News: “He came towards me and opened his jacket and showed me what was an explosive belt tied around his waist.

“I think he wanted to scare me. But he was in the middle of a killing spree. I just couldn’t walk away and for some reason, I thought it was fake.”

“And then I looked next to me, and next to me was a man holding a narwhal tusk.”

Mr. Gallant struck Khan with a tooth that broke but managed to pull the terrorist out onto the road, where he was eventually gunned down.

Through the Learning Together prison reform program, Gallant becomes friends with Mr. Merritt.

He said: “Jack was amazing – very intelligent, very caring.

“This man was passionate about his role and had such a profound effect on so many people in the prison system.”

He added: “Prison can work. But I think it has to come from within.

“If you don’t want to change, nothing can change you.”

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were killed in the Fishmongers Hall attack (Family Handouts/Metropolitan Police/PA).

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Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were killed in the Fishmongers Hall attack (Family Handouts/Metropolitan Police/PA).

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute to the victims two years ago, saying: “Today we honor and remember Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt who were tragically killed two years ago in the horrific terrorist attack at Fishmongers Hall.

“Saskia and Jack decided to dedicate themselves to helping others. They were passionate about changing the world for the better, and we continue to draw inspiration and hope from the way they live their lives.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and the bravery of ordinary Londoners who ran to danger that day to help save the lives of strangers.

“The way our city came together and united after the attack showed the world once again that those who want to divide us and destroy our way of life in London will never succeed. “

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