London attack: Ethnic Chinese journalist hailed a hero after tackling terrorists in pub

Chinese journalist Geoff Ho was sent to intensive care after being stabbed in the throat by the terrorists during his act of heroism.
Chinese journalist Geoff Ho was sent to intensive care after being stabbed in the throat by the terrorists during his act of heroism.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/GEOFF HO

LONDON - An ethnic Chinese journalist has been hailed a hero after it was revealed he had used his martial arts skills to tackle two of the knife-wielding London terrorists, who attacked a pub doorman, reported Xinhua news agency.

Geoff Ho, enjoying a night out at a bar on Saturday, thought he was intervening in a brawl when he saw the attack.

A video showed him staggering away clutching his throat after he was stabbed in the neck.

Before realising he had been involved in a horrific act of terrorism around the London Bridge area, Ho said on his social media site: "Don't know whether it was stupid or noble to jump in and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn't happening on my watch."

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance for emergency treatment, but has been left unable to speak because of his serious injuries, reported Xinhua.

Ho, who works as business editor in London's national newspapers, the Sunday Express, is now in intensive care after being stabbed.

Ho tweeted on Monday: "Thank you every one for the best wishes. I got out of surgery yesterday and am on the mend."

His own newspaper reported that Ho selflessly intervened as the knife-wielding terrorists attacked a bouncer in the doorway of the Southwark Tavern, in Southwark Street.

The Express said he was later seen walking calmly towards an ambulance escorted by a police officer holding a makeshift bandage to his neck.

Reports described Ho as a martial arts expert specialising in gongfu and kickboxing.

Friends of the hero had worried about his safety when Ho appeared to have gone missing. Later, one friend Isabelle Oderberg said on her social media site: "We have found Geoff. He is in intensive care."

Another friend Gary Robinson said: "Geoff update is that he is stable but can't talk. He is a true hero. He took on the terrorists when three rushed in stabbing people, using his martial arts, he fought them off."

"One missed him, the other stabbed him in the throat (and possibly stomach). He was hurt protecting others."

Robinson added: "He is in intensive care but 'doing well' according to the doctor. Unbelievable bravery. God speed your recovery. Geoff Ho, proud to call you my friend."

Sunday Express editor Martin Townsend said: "Geoff Ho is an absolutely first class reporter and a fine and decent man and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time. We are all hoping and praying for a speedy recovery."

Ho's office is five minutes walk from London Bridge where Saturday night's terror attack happened. The terrorists killed at least seven people and injured 48 before they were shot dead.