Man Who Fought Off the London Bridge Attacker With a Narwhal Tusk Tells of Holding Down Terrorist to 'Isolate the Blades'

A new figure has emerged from the confusion of the brutal knife attack that began at a conference in Fishmongers' Hall and spilled out onto London Bridge on November 29.

Darryn Frost, 38, told Britain's Press Association Friday that he was the narwhal tusk-wielding hero who pursued Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist and the sole suspect in last month's attack. Multiple press outlets have now reported that Frost was one of three men seen taking down the armed terrorist with little more than a pole and a fire extinguisher in a clip that went viral following the attack.

Frost, a South African national who has lived in the United Kingdom for over a decade, is a communications professional at the Ministry of Justice. Like some of the other individuals who subdued the attacker and Khan himself, Frost was attending the "Learning Together" conference on prisoner education initiatives.

Upon hearing a commotion from the floor below, Frost ran downstairs, grabbing improvised weapon along the way, the Associated Press reported. "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 wooden chair," Frost told British media.

"He had knives in both hands and, upon seeing me with the narwhal tusk, pointed at his midriff," Frost added. Khan was wearing an imitation suicide vest at the time of the attack.

"He turned and spoke to me, then indicated he had an explosive device around his waist. At this point, the man next to me threw his chair at the attacker, who then started running towards him with knives raised above his head," Frost told the BPA, as reported by the BBC.

Khan fatally stabbed two conference attendees, Saskia Jones, 23, a volunteer at Learning Together, and Jack Merritt, 25, a course coordinator for the program, before escaping the building, exiting onto London Bridge. Three other victims suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Frost's account continued: "Along with others, I pursued the attacker, tusk in hand, onto the bridge. We called out to warn the public of the danger and, after a struggle, managed to restrain him to the ground.

"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."

According to the BBC's report, Frost wrestled with Khan until officers pulled him away from the attacker, just before shooting Khan dead on the street.

Frost also told the press how moved he was to see victims of the attack declining emergency treatment so that more seriously injured people could be helped first. "Not only do I want to thank those who confronted the attacker, but also those who put themselves in danger to tend to the injured, relying on us to protect them while they cared for others," Frost said.

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Banners and pictures are placed on London Bridge in memory of the victims of last week's attack in central London on December 12, 2019. One London resident has come forward to identify himself as the man who fought the knife-wielding terrorist using a narwhal tusk. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP
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