London Bridge attack victim who needed eight months of hospital treatment takes terrorist pair’s estates to court
- Peter Lunt, 44, was left with brain damage after terrorist attack in June 2017
- The victim is suing the estates of the gang’s ringleader’s, Butt and Zaghba
- Terror gang ploughed a van into crowds on London Bridge before knife rampage
A victim of the London Bridge terrorist atrocity in June 2017 is suing the estate of two of the attackers.
Peter Lunt, 44, was left with brain damage when three extremists ploughed a hired 2.5-ton Renault van into crowds on the bridge before going on a deadly knife rampage through Borough Market in South London.
Mr Lunt, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, required several operations and eight months of hospital treatment.
He is also suing Probus, the insurers of the firm that hired out the van to the terrorists, as are several other victims.
Shot dead: Khuram Butt, the ringleader of the terror attack gang that ploughed a van into crowds on London Bridge in June 2017 before going on a deadly knife rampage
The carnage began when Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, careered into tourists, pub-goers and diners out to enjoy a Saturday evening.
The pro-Islamic State gang, all wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by armed police within minutes, but by then had murdered eight people and left 48 more victims injured.
In a claim submitted to the High Court, Mr Lunt is suing the estates of the gang’s ringleader Butt and Zaghba.
He and his wife, Tanya, 46, had come to London for a weekend break and had earlier watched a comedy show at a nearby pub.
They were walking back to their hotel at 9.30pm when the van smashed into them. Mrs Lunt suffered minor injuries, but her husband was seriously hurt.
During her evidence at the London Bridge inquests, Mrs Lunt said: ‘I could hear people screaming and shouting and then shouting, “Run, run, there’s a van.”
‘I think Pete shouted at me, “Run, we’ve got to run,” and we turned back to run in the direction of the Shard. I had a feeling it was a terrorist attack.
‘I was pushed, hit and then everything went black. I couldn’t see anything, just feel cold metal. I looked for Peter and I could see him lying in the road.’
Mr Lunt is being represented by Thompsons Solicitors, which last night declined to comment.
The Unite union is also providing Mr Lunt with support.
In May, a number of victims and the relatives of some of those who died in the terror atrocity received undisclosed compensation sums from Probus.
Underpants bomber’s guru extradited to US
Islamic hate preacher Abdullah El-Faisal, 56, pictured at the Old Bailey where we was sentenced in 2003
An Islamic hate preacher who influenced the 7/7 terrorists and a British-based student known as the Underpants Bomber has been extradited to America from his native Jamaica.
Abdullah El-Faisal, 56, lived in Britain from the mid-1990s, but was deported to Jamaica after serving a nine-year jail term for preaching that Hindus, Jews, Christians and Americans should be killed.
Tapes of his sermons were listened to by the four 7/7 attackers and by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up a US passenger jet with explosives in his underwear.
El-Faisal’s extradition came after he was caught in a sting by a New York Police Department officer posing as a Muslim. Last week, El-Faisal pleaded not guilty to supporting terrorism.