Arson Attacks on Mosques Follow Bombings

July 11, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 11, 2005 BBC News reported, "Police chiefs say community relations in the UK are 'reassuringly calm' in the wake of the London bombings, although several forces have reported attacks on mosques. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) is encouraging people to report any incidents of abuse.

The Muslim community is feeling increasingly vulnerable and concerned, a monitoring team from the association found.

But it also claimed there had been no upsurge in violence and abuse directed at minority groups... The Muslim News has reported three further attacks on mosques, one in east London and two in Bristol, and the Muslim Council of Britain has reported several attacks on mosques in north west London. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, head of the group, said the MCB had been sent a lot of hate mail since Thursday, but had also received a lot of support."