Minister who lost brother in Bali bombing tried to save policeman

Minister who lost brother in Bali bombing tried to save policeman
By Seamus Kearney
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Tobias Ellwood, a former army officer, was seen giving first aid and mouth to mouth resuscitation

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Individual stories of bravery are starting to emerge after the terrorist attacks outside the British parliament.

A Foreign Office minister is being praised for attempting to save the life of the stabbed police officer, just moments after the attack.

Tobias Ellwood, a former army officer, was seen giving first aid and mouth to mouth resuscitation.

And there is a tragic twist to the story: Ellwood lost his own brother in a terrorist bomb attack in Bali in Indonesia in 2002.

MP Tobias Ellwood praised as 'hero' after trying to save police officer stabbed in Westminster https://t.co/4g96GTim9Gpic.twitter.com/JgDXlLCMs8

— ITV News (@itvnews) March 22, 2017

The minister’s intervention came as many other people ran to safety and while it was still uncertain if there was more than one attacker.

In 2010 the Bournemouth Echo newspaper reported that Ellwood was threatened with arrest outside the Houses of Parliament when he confronted police officers over the handling of a protest.

The paper reported that it was not the first time Ellwood made the headlines after “trying to make a citizen’s arrest”.

The Bournemouth Echo reported: “On June 20 last year he was punched twice after trying to stop a group of youths from playing football in a shopping precinct in Boscombe.”

Thank you Bournemouth MP Tobias_Ellwood</a> for coming to the aid of a police officer and doing CPR. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hero?src=hash">#Hero</a> <a href="https://t.co/nLDZGLNe6y">pic.twitter.com/nLDZGLNe6y</a></p>&mdash; Sgt Steve Haywood (SgtSteveHaywood) March 22, 2017

Tobias Ellwood MP hailed for attempting to save officer's life https://t.co/fEazprmVNt

— The Guardian (@guardian) March 22, 2017

Westminster terror attack: Minister Tobias Ellwood battled to save life of police officer https://t.co/AVb9N8zD9E

— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 22, 2017

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