Sunday 22 April 2018

'One pulled a knife started shouting about Allah, Islam' - Milwall fan on moment he fought London Bridge attackers

Zainab Boladale

A Millwall fan who took on three knife-wielding terrorists has spoken for the first time about the moment he had to defend himself in the unexpected moment of panic.

Roy Larner (47) was cut on his head, neck, chest and hands after confronting the three terrorists after they entered the Black & Blue restaurant and bar in Borough Market.

The Millwall supporter shouted "F*** you, I'm Millwall" as he confronted Khuram Butt (27) , Rachid Redouane (30) and Youssef Zaghba (22).

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, he said: "When I’ve looked round there’s three blokes there, someone is trying to block the doors and everyone’s running to the back of the restaurant."

Upon realising it was an attack he explained that he didn’t have time to run.

"One in front of me pulled out a knife, or whatever it was, and started shouting about Allah, Islam. I just started trying to fight back,” he said.

When the two other attackers saw that Roy was defending himself. "They came back and three of them were attacking me."

He explained that fighting back was an "instant reaction".

"The adrenaline runs into you, it's hard to explain," he said.

Roy said he feels "very lucky"  and says his survival is due to the fact that "they thought I was dead".

 “I'm starting to realise that when I do go out people are going to look up to me,” he said describing how women have come up to hug him while crying and schoolchildren have asked to take selfies with him.

Eight people were killed in the attack before police shot dead the three men.

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