Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 26 April 2019

Anti-Muslim incidents in UK up sharply after Christchurch killings

Comments come as sixth mosque in Birmingham attacked within three days

Anti-Muslim incidents in the UK have increased sharply since the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand. AP
Anti-Muslim incidents in the UK have increased sharply since the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand. AP

A sixth mosque in the UK city of Birmingham has been attacked within three days as campaigners revealed a surge in anti-Muslim hate crime following the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Police were called on Saturday after a window was broken at the mosque following a spate of other cases in Britain’s second largest city where Muslims make up more than 20 per cent of the population.

The attack came as crime monitoring group Tell Mama said that the number of anti-Muslim hate incidents reported across Britain increased by nearly 600 per cent in the week after the terrorist attack in New Zealand.

The spike is higher than the rise seen after the 2017 suicide bombing against a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead, said officials.

The incidents included people making gun gestures towards Muslim women and remarking on the Christchurch attacks, the group said.

Iman Atta, the director of Tell Mama, said: “The spike shows a troubling rise after Muslims were murdered in New Zealand.

“This shows that some people see Muslims as fair game for hate and it is now clear that we have an ongoing and persistent ideology of hate that is generating a focus on Muslims.”

The first five mosque attacks in Birmingham were believed to have been carried out by a 34-year-old man with a sledgehammer who was later detained under mental health legislation. Police said they did not believe the sixth case was linked.

Police said they would increase patrols at key locations and provided security advice for mosques. “It is incredibly important that we unite together against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear," said Matt Ward, an assistant chief constable.

Updated: March 24, 2019 06:26 PM

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