Just two days before a terrorist attack struck his city, London Mayor Sadiq Khan bashed President Donald Trump over his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In a statement and tweet announcing his steadfast commitment to the agreement, Khan labeled climate change "one the biggest risks to humanity."
"Climate change remains one the biggest risks to humanity. Now more than ever world leaders must recognise and act on this threat,” Khan wrote.
Climate change remains one the biggest risks to humanity. Now more than ever world leaders must recognise and act o… https://t.co/29RJM5KW0A— Mayor of London (gov.uk/coronavirus) (@Mayor of London (gov.uk/coronavirus))1496344766.0
That statement was made Thursday afternoon just as word broke that Trump had decided to officially withdraw the U.S. from the climate change agreement agreed upon by former President Barack Obama.
Fast forward just two days and Khan’s city would be under siege by radical Islamic terrorists determined to wage jihad on the “kufir” in the United Kingdom.
The attack began shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday in London when three men in a white van traveling approximately 50 mph plowed through pedestrians on the London Bridge. The occupants then exited the vehicle and began a stabbing rampage in the Borough Market area of Central London, which is full of restaurants, bars and night life.
The attack only lasted eight minutes, but in the end, seven people were killed and four dozen others were injured. All three terrorists were shot dead by police.
British authorities quickly declared the incident terrorism:
At 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket were declared as terrorist incidents.— Metropolitan Police (@Metropolitan Police)1496533832.0
The attack was the third terrorist attack in the United Kingdom in just over two months.
Two weeks ago, a suicide bomber detonated himself as concertgoers filed out of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 and injuring scores of others. And in late March, another radicalized terrorist used a car to ram pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge, killing four.
Khan, who last year became the first Muslim mayor of London, has been criticized for allegedly being soft on Islamic extremism.
During his mayoral campaign last year, Khan ignited controversy when he said that terrorist attacks are a part of normal life in a big city. Critics argued the statement Khan’s complacency toward Islamic radicals.
Still, others question what Khan truly believes about Islamic extremists. It was widely noted Sunday that in his statement condemning Saturday’s terrorist attack, Khan failed to directly call the terrorists “extremists,” who were part of known extremists circles in Eastern London.
Khan simply called the terrorist attack “deliberate” and “cowardly."
My statement on the cowardly terrorist attack in London tonight: https://t.co/7GYYdImIU8 Please continue to follow… https://t.co/5xdksvoYig— Sadiq Khan (@Sadiq Khan)1496536600.0