DUBAI: Muslims living in Bradford city, in north England, have received anonymous letters threatening to carry out acid attacks and “kill scum Muslims,” according to British media reports.
Now police have launched a hate crime investigation into the campaign.
In a report by British national the Guardian letters include an image of a sword and the St. George’s flag (the English flag) and the words “kill scum Muslims.”
The letters were received in the Hanover Square area of Bradford. They were posted in Lancashire.
The threatening letters also contained a threat against women wearing the full-face veil. It read: “We are now going to do acid attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square & Bradford & other places.”
The arrival of the letters comes just days before a scheduled protest by the far-right English Defence League (EDL).
Organizers within the group, which claims not to be racist, said the march through Keighley and Bradford would be a “protest against militant Islam.”
“The incident is being treated as a hate crime and being taken extremely seriously,” A West Yorkshire Police spokesman told The Independent, referring to the letters.
“A thorough investigation has been launched and officers are working with the local community and partners to identify and prosecute those responsible for this despicable crime… We understand the impact hate crime and hate incidents can have on our communities and on individuals, and crimes of this nature will not be tolerated.”
The spokesman said additional patrols had been deployed in the area where the letters were received.