Sadiq Khan opens up on safety fears as London Mayor on New York gunman's kill list
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he feels “incredibly safe” despite being named by Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron on a list of enemies he wanted dead
Gendron, 18, is accused of shooting dead 10 people at a supermarket in the US city on Saturday.
Mr Khan was reportedly described as a “Muslim invader” under a page entitled “Kill high profile enemies” in a 180-page manifesto published online by Gendron.
The London Mayor said: “It’s heartbreaking to see 10 innocent people have lost their lives at the hands of this white supremacist, this terrorist. Others have been injured.
“My key response is to make sure that we respond by showing that our diversity is a strength, not a weakness.
“We’re not going to allow this terrorist or others like him to make us cower.”
Asked if he felt safe in his role, Mr Khan replied: “It’s been on public record that I receive police protection.
“It’s unfortunate but it’s a fact of me being the mayor.
“I’ve been incredibly safe because I’m looked after by dedicated, decent, brave police officers.”
The suspected Buffalo killer is thought to have published the online manifesto identifying himself as a white supremacist, citing “high-profile enemies” before his attack.
The suspect also listed Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
Gendron cited the Rotherham grooming gang cases to justify his white supremacy and racist ideas, claiming European women were being raped en masse.
Mr Khan was in the US last week to bolster tourism in London, visiting New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
He has spoken about receiving more racist abuse when Donald Trump was US President.
The billionaire politician called Mr Khan a “stone-cold loser” and repeatedly criticised his record on crime.