Publicado: Lun, Marcha 12, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Midlands police investigate 'Punish a Muslim day' letters

Midlands police investigate 'Punish a Muslim day' letters

Ms. Shah said the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which is coordinating the investigation, had informed her that the letters appeared to be linked and that "a thorough and professional investigation is well underway".

In the letters, there is a points-based scoring system, rising from 25 "points" for pulling the headscarf off a Muslim woman to 2,500 for "nuke Mecca".

The group said it had received reports of people in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield receiving the letters.

"We urge anyone who has received this letter to report to us in confidence or to ring the non-emergency 101 number", it said on its website.

He said: "It was not addressed to anyone, just the address and postcode as if it was sent out randomly. It was posted yesterday", Ahmed said.

"Those behind the malicious letters are trying to create fear within the Muslim communities and the threatening letter titled "Punish a Muslim Day" may be part of a wider campaign of hate against Muslims", said Iman Atta, director of Tell Mama.

The letters pledged "rewards" for those who do violent acts against Muslims ranging from verbal abuse of them to burning or bombing mosques.

Counter-terrorism police are investigating after reports of "Punish a Muslim day" letters being distributed across the Midlands and nationwide.

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The North East Counter Terrorism Unit said in a statement that it had received reports of "potentially malicious communications sent to individuals across the United Kingdom", and asked victims to contact their local police.

'Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should contact their local police force'.

"[The matter] is being treated with the utmost seriousness", the organisation said.

'It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate. "We understand that they may have caused concern and upset to people, especially the more vulnerable members of society", said Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams of West Yorkshire Police said.

'Incidents like this are rare but we urge vigilance and calm as we remind Muslim communities that our confidential support service is available to assist in this matter'.

A Muslim family and a business in east London reported the letter to the officials.

"I think it has been sent out by a group with the intent of alarming people and to stir up racial hatred", a Bradford Moor councilor who received such a letter told Telegraph and Argus, a Bradford news outlet. The letters included an image of a sword and the St George's flag beside the words "kill scum Muslims".

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: 'Police are investigating a number of reports of potentially malicious communications sent to individuals in the Bradford area. A document by Tell MAMA suggested how one "Muslim Slayer" reportedly targeted mosques in London and the 2017.

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