What a mad world, says hero law­maker

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON: The min­is­ter, who tried to re­sus­ci­tate a po­lice of­fi­cer stabbed to death in the at­tack on Bri­tain’s Par­lia­ment, de­scribed the in­ci­dent on Thurs­day, say­ing “what a mad world”.

To­bias Ell­wood, 50, a ju­nior min­is­ter in the for­eign of­fice, walked away from the scene with blood on his face and hands.

Ell­wood’s brief in­cludes counter-ter­ror­ism. Be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics, he served in North­ern I re l a nd , Kuwait, Bos­nia and other coun­tries dur­ing a six-year spell in the army.

Speak­ing to Bri­tain’s Times news­pa­per, he said: “What a mad world — tried to save of­fi­cer but stabbed too many times.”

“I was on the scene and as soon as I re­alised what was go­ing on I headed towards it. I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouthto-mouth while wait­ing for the medics to ar­rive, but I think he had lost too much blood.”

Ell­wood, whose brother was killed in a bomb at­tack in Bali in 2002, was hailed as a hero by fel­low law­mak­ers, and many news­pa­pers fea­tured im­ages of him kneel­ing over the body of the vic­tim. Reuters

To­bias Ell­wood

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