Among the men who incapacitated the terrorist Usman Khan on London Bridge on Friday was a Polish chef named Łukasz. The Pole effectively used a narwhal tusk to overpower Khan, who had just stabbed two people to death and wounded three others.
The polish chef had the help of two others, including a man wielding a fire extinguisher. The group, attacking as a team, was able to stop the terrorist from attacking others. They pinned Khan down before police arrived on the scene and shot the terrorist, killing him.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki commended the Pole over his bravery on Saturday on Facebook:
“’Those damn Poles are saving London once again’ – these words dominate the media in London today and refer to the bravery of mister Łukasz, the Pole who did not hesitate to charge at the terrorist “armed” only with a…narwhal tusk he had just found. Any weapon is permitted against terrorism. Mister Łukasz, your actions deserve special thanks and respect. Poland is proud of you!”
Britons also commended Łukasz and the other men who helped take down the terrorist for their bravery:
Speechless. Members of the public with nothing but a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher tackle a murderous terrorist.
Heroism, pure and simple. pic.twitter.com/QAlVkFiexs
— Matthew Thompson (@mattuthompson) November 30, 2019
Hats off to the Polish chef
have-a-go hero who stood up to the London Bridge terrorist with a narwhal tusk he grabbed from the wall of Fishmongers Hall. pic.twitter.com/AcvmHYXOmS
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) November 30, 2019
PiS MEP Dominik Tarczyński shared a post comparing the men to superheroes:
British journalist and media persona Piers Morgan urged Britons to reconsider their position on Eastern Europeans living in the UK, given the example of Łukasz’s heroism:
The guy with the whale tusk is a Polish chef named Luckasz.
Worth noting this for the next time someone says, ‘we’ve let too many Eastern Europeans into this country’. pic.twitter.com/obV0sGX5qm
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 30, 2019
A public uproar has ensued following the news that Khan was a convicted terrorist who was released in December of 2018. Khan was originally supposed to serve a 16-year sentence, but the decision was reversed after a panel of judges said it would be better to let a parole board decide when he would be released.
The parole board said they played no part in the decision and that Khan was released after serving half of his sentence due to the Criminal Justice Act, which was introduced by Labour in 2005.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called the early release of the terrorist a “mistake”.
Khan was a well-known radical filmed in 2008 saying that he was “born and bred” in Great Britain. He claimed people were putting “labels” on him about being a terrorist but said, “I ain’t no terrorist.”
Social media users have also pointed to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s claims after a previous terrorist attack that such attacks are just “part and parcel of living in a big city.”
Countries like Poland and Hungary have suffered virtually no Islamic terrorist attacks, with the countries pursuing a policy of restricted immigration. Much of Poland’s immigration policy is based on security concerns related to mass immigration, including terrorist attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives across Europe.