Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Fourth Muslim Labour MP sent suspicious package with letter advocating violence

Fourth Muslim Labour MP sent suspicious package with letter advocating violence

The suspect package was sent to Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin.

Khan's package was unopened by his staff but the package to Huq was opened and a member of staff was taken to hospital as a precaution after opening the letter, which the MP said contained a "sticky substance" that the police had described as "low-level noxious".

A person was sent to hospital as a precaution but no harmful substance was found in the package.

Police are investigating the "Punish a Muslim" letter, which has been distributed across the country, and details a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them.

"The "Punish a Muslim" letters have created fear and trepidation not only within those who have received them, but also within wider Muslim communities". "It is frightful though, it's really very frightening", she told the Guardian.

"People should then get in touch with us at Tell MAMA or call 101 to be put through to the local police force".

"Tell MAMA documented previous year how the so-called "Muslim Slayer" targeted mosques in parts of London and the United States in 2017 with similar threats, and in some cases, with non-toxic white powder".

A Parliamentary spokesman said: 'The Met Police are now investigating suspicious items of mail in Norman Shaw North.

The people behind this initiative have not been identified yet, but their letters are distinguished by a hateful speech: "They have hurt you".

"The issue of anti Muslim and far-right extremism is a focus for the government", she said, pointing to the government's anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent, which she said did not focus just on Islamic radicalisation but other forms of extremism, including of the far right. It released a statement, saying: "It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate".

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: 'Police were called at 12.58pm on Monday, 12 March to reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster.

The organization said that some of the letters appear to have been mailed out of Sheffield, the NYT reported.

It emerged today that two more suspicious packages have been sent to the Houses of Parliament, with another man taken to hospital.

The Metropolitan Police spokesperson said they do not "tolerate hate crime", and added: "Anyone believes they have been a victim of such an offence we would encourage them to report it to police so it can be fully investigated". "The incident, which was contained to one room, has been stood down".

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