Sick 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters urging people to bomb mosques

This was the letter sent to several homes around the UK including a score sheet of acts the writer encouraged people to perform against Muslims

The letters include incitement to rip off women's headscarves, and to verbally and physically attack Muslims. They have caused you pain and heartache.

They have prompted a chorus of condemnation, with campaigners and MPs describing them as "disturbing".

Charity Tell Mama UK, which campaigns against anti-Muslim hate crime and Islamophobia say they have had reports going into "double figures" from people who have received the letters across the UK.

"Public safety remains our priority and I would urge our communities to be vigilant but not frightened", West Yorkshire police said in a statement. "We'd also appeal to anyone with any information about the individual, or individuals, responsible to call police in confidence on 0800 789 321".

'Officers are now investigating the full circumstances.

Police in Bradford have acknowledged they are investigating reports of the letters.

"This government wants to give a strong message to Muslim people across this country... we are committed to their safety and security", said Victoria Atkins, a Home Office Minister, in Parliament following an urgent question from Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi in Parliament calling for clarity on the government's strategy for tackling the rising issue of Islamophobia.

"When I opened it and saw the content, I was horrified", Ahmed said. "The investigation into these instances is now being coordinated by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit (NECTU) and these enquiries are ongoing".

He said he believed the letter had been sent out by a group with the "intent of alarming people" and "to stir up racial hatred".

She added: "I have spoken with The Chief Officer Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing North East, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster, who has outlined that the investigation which has identified what appears to be a linked series of offences is being coordinated nationally by Counter Terrorism Policing North East".

The letters sparked shock and fear in communities around the U.K. Naz Shah, a parliamentarian for Bradford West-one of the communities that received the letters-called on her constituents to report any suspicious behavior to the police immediately.

'My main concern is that it could get into the hands of other disaffected people in Bradford who just need that push to act. "I don't. I am alarmed by its content especially where it mentions acid because of all the recent reports in the media of acid attacks", he told local media.

The letters were sent in plain white envelopes to at least six communities in England, including East London and other regions with a large Muslim population.

The messages also feature a dagger with the letters 'MS, ' suggesting a possible link to the "Muslim Slayer", who targeted mosques in both the United Kingdom and USA with threats past year.



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