Sadiq Khan has said terror attacks are ‘part and parcel’ of living in a big city
The former Labour MP – who was in Manhattan when a bomb rocked the New York city district on Saturday – has just returned from touring America to help promote business in post-Brexit London.Mr Khan said: ”It is a reality I’m afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things.
”That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice.”The former Labour MP claimed to have had a ”sleepless” night after the bomb hit Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, which injured 31 people.
Another device was also found in Manhattan, but failed to detonate.
Afghan-born Ahmad Ramani has since been charged with using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.Former human rights lawyer Mr Khan continued with his tour of North America, after New York officials said it was ”business as usual” following the bombings.
Mr Khan has been criticised for apparently contradicting himself after claiming ”it’s important for those of us who are foreigners to stay out of the US elections” before voicing his support for Hillary Clinton.
Sadiq Khan was in New York on Saturday when a bomb rocked the city
He said: ”I hope that the best candidate wins and I hope she does win with a stomping majority”.The London Mayor also took a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump’s promise to erect a wall along the US-Mexico border, saying he wants to build ”bridges rather than walls”.
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Sadiq Khan recently finished his five day tour of North America
Mr Khan had previously tussled with the Republican hopeful over his pledge to ban Muslims entering the US.The Mayor has since arrived back in London after his five-day North American tour.