The last words heard by a terror attack survivor… ‘He’s not going to make it’

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Amman, 20, had sprinted up a busy south London street, lunging at people with a large kitchen knife.

He was shot dead by armed undercover police 62 seconds after he stole the knife from a shop and began his attack, on February 2, 2020.

Both his victims – the man, and a woman pushing a bicycle – survived the ordeal.

Sections of their police statements were read to jurors at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday during an inquest into Amman’s death.

In a highly unusual move, their names were not mentioned during the hearing.

The man told police: “I didn’t realise I had been stabbed until I saw the blood.

“I felt something on my right-hand side, blood was spurting out and hitting my hand.

“I couldn’t breathe when the knife went in.

“I looked but couldn’t believe it until I saw the blood hitting my hand.” The man said he walked three or four metres before falling over, at which point he was tended to by two passers-by, Katherine Day and Thomas Baldwin, who began performing first aid.

He said: “They cut off my clothes, they saved my life. I will never forget.

“The woman was crying saying, ‘Please don’t go, where’s the ambulance?’

“It really hurt when they put me on the ambulance bed. I heard someone say, ‘We can’t drive, he’s not going to make it.’

“Then I don’t remember anything until the hospital.

“I didn’t see the person who did this because they came from behind. I would have no idea why someone would do this to me.

“Thank God for the doctors, or I would be dead.”

The man said he suffered five wounds including those from surgery, and could not lift things or turn his head properly following the stabbing.

The female victim was walking just ahead of Amman, when he ran out of the shop with the knife.

She told police: “All of a sudden I felt someone push me with their body on my shoulder – it was like someone pushing through a crowd. I looked towards my left shoulder, I remember seeing a man’s face. I suddenly felt pain in my right shoulder towards my upper back.

“As I went into the kneeling position on the pavement I heard shots.”

The woman, who suffered a 2cm wound to her back, added: “I took about four steps forward when I heard people shout: ‘She’s been stabbed.'”

Amman had only been released from Belmarsh Prison 10 days earlier after serving part of a 40-month sentence for terror offences. This was despite pleas from police and MI5 to detain him for longer.

Amman, who was of Sri Lankan descent and was raised in Coventry, was found to be wearing a “crude” explosive device replica.

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