Four British Muslim MPs have now had threatening 'suspect packages' sent to them
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 13th March 2018

The Metropolitan Police is investigating suspicious packages sent to four British Muslim MPs this afternoon, after dozens of 'Punish a Muslim' letters were sent to families all over the UK.

The developments have alarmed many British Muslims and elicited a strong reaction from non-Muslim MPs in Parliament. Counter-terrorism police are also investigating.

The four MPs are: Mohammed Yasin, Rupa Huq (pictured), Rushanara Ali and Afzal Khan.

Rupa Huq, the MP for Ealing Central and Acton (west London), tweeted: "Thanks for concern after suspect package received at my Commons Office. My staff have had the all-clear apart from one who is being checked out at hospital as he handled the irritant substance. Totally unacceptable for Muslim MPs to face this."

The suspicious packages were sent to their offices in Westminster, though none contained hazardous substances according to the police.

Over the last few days dozens of Muslim families across the country have reported finding threatening 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters, which advocated verbal and physical violence against Muslims.

Rupa Huq MP confirmed she had received the threatening letter along with the package. There are fears that more MPs and ordinary Muslims may be targeted in coming days.

Other MPs responded forcefully to the developments:

Victoria Atkins MP, a Home Office minister, yesterday said in the House of Commons that the threatening letters were "clearly abhorrent with no place in decent society."

Article published on 13th March 2018 in the Crime section

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