Brit heroes yelled ‘Let’s go, it’s a terrorist attack’ as they tackled Sydney knifeman

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HEROES: Manchester trio took on knife-wielding man (Pic: 7 News)

Luke O’Shaughnessy, 30, said “we are the kind of guys that ask questions later.”

Three lads from Manchester tackled the knife-wielding man who killed one woman and injured others in the business district of the Australian city.

The alleged attacker – named as Mert Ney – was rampaging with a knife when the three heroes took him down.

Luke said: “We heard a massive commotion outside and I looked outside and I could hear a man chanting.

“So at that point I kind of acted on instinc”

Luke

“I looked over and he jumped onto a car, and he had a knife and (was) covered in blood.

“So at that point I kind of acted on instinct.

“I shouted ‘Paul’ and said ‘Let’s go, there’s a man with a knife, it’s a terrorist attack’.”

He along with his brother Paul and Lee Cuthbert, all from Manchester, were working in the area.

The suspect reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he stood on top of a car on Monday afternoon.

A woman was later found dead with stab wounds nearby at an address on Clarence Street and is believed to have been known to the attacker.

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KNIFE: Armed man stood on top of a car before being taken down (Pic: 7 News)

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INSTINCT: Brothers said they acted without thinking (Pic: 7 News)

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TACKLE: Paul was ready to take on the armed man (Pic: SMH)

Police have said that the alleged attacker was acting alone and had “ideologies related to terrorism”.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller added that the stabbing is “not currently classed as a terror incident”.

Luke continued: “It’s funny, we (Luke and Paul) always said ‘What would you do when you hear about these things around the world, what would you do?

“We always said if that happens, we’re the kind of guys that ask questions later. Just act on instinct.

“I thought I don’t care, I can take him whoever he is… We ran around and made sure he didn’t cause any more havoc.”

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READY: Lee helped to take down the attacker (Pic: SMH)

His brother Paul revealed how they knew they would be up for taking on a terrorist if it ever happened.

He said: “It’s almost like we’ve actually talked about it, like we’ve said ‘hopefully we are around because if it’s somebody with a knife and not a gun then we’re quite physical lads’.

“He (Luke) ‘I’d sort it out’ and I’ve said ‘Yeah, I would’.

“So it was almost instinctively around that to go ‘Right well let’s sort it out’.

“I didn’t even think about – and no disrespect to them – my young family.

“I just thought ‘Is my brother going to be alright?’ as we were running towards him.

“Luke’s straight in there on top of him and I’m looking at the scene going ‘there’s a big knife there which is covered in blood’.

“Luke, in fairness, did not let him go, he didn’t let go of the guy until he was fully cuffed and they’d picked him up.

“He’s really heroic to me in my eyes, he’s my brother.”

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