London. Following the rise of Islamophobic attacks in US in recent months, Muslims of Bradford has been threatened by receiving letters. West Yorkshire police said they were taking the threats “extremely seriously” and had increased surveillance in Hanover Square, a predominantly Muslim area in Manningham, an inner-city area where at least two residents were targeted last week.
Bearing the image of a sword and St. George’s flag, one of the letters reads: “Kill scum Muslim.” It then goes on to question the reason behind Islamic women wearing the full-body veils, saying: “We are now going to do acid attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square & Bradford & other places.”
Police say they carried out more patrols in the targeted area over the Bank holiday. Bradford West MP Naz Shah said she had reported the letters to police on Saturday.
Shoab, one of the recipient, said tensions would heighten ahead of a far-right English Defence League (EDL) march on Saturday. The demonstration will take place on the same day Muslims celebrate Eid. He further added:
The police mentioned the EDL will be marching. It can worry you if you really think about it – what if they’re something to do with it? But the EDL have come and gone before, sometimes something tends to happen. It could erupt, you see.
Masood Ahmad, 43, said: “Everybody’s shocked. There’s a lot of women in the street wearing the burqa” Outside the Masjid Nimrah mosque.
I didn’t know about the EDL [march] but if this spreads out it might create a problem. It might be chaos here.
It comes after reports of anti-Muslim incidents increasing by 500 percent in Greater Manchester in the month following the terrorist attack on its Arena that killed 23.
“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,” a West Yorkshire police spokeswoman said.
The terrorist attacks against Muslims in the United States heightened following the election of Donald Trump as the President of United States. His belligerent remarks about the Muslims fueled the Islamophobic air in the American society.