Package containing liquid is found in Labour MP Mohammad Yasin's office

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

Four Muslim Labour MPs have been sent suspicious packages over the last 48 hours, at least three of which included copies of a "Punish a Muslim" letter that advocated violent acts against Muslims. A fourth package was sent to Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan, but was not opened.

'The London Ambulance Service attended and a man and a woman were taken to a central London hospital as a precaution.

It is also said to include pointers for bombing or burning down a mosque.

Another Muslim Labour lawmaker, Rushanara Ali, tweeted late Monday that she "had the extremely unpleasant experience of opening an envelope with [the] very same threatening letter".

One of her staff members who was hospitalised after coming in contact with the package has since been released. "It is to put the frighteners on us but we won't be cowed".

TWO people were taken to hospital today after a suspicious package sent to a Labour MP in Parliament was feared to be linked to a sick "Punish a Muslim" day. I'm sure I won't be the last and I'm sure this is part of a pattern of targeting Muslim MPs.

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The people behind this initiative have not been identified yet, but their letters are distinguished by a hateful speech: "They have hurt you".

"We are aware of a potential situation involving a suspicious substance which the Met Police are investigating", a parliamentary spokesperson said.

Scotland Yard confirmed that specialist officers had been sent to the scene to assess the packages, which were deemed non-hazardous.

A third Muslim member of parliament from the party, Mohammad Yasin, said he also received a package on Monday.

Emergency services were called to the Norman Shaw Building, which hosts some parliamentary offices, "at 12.58 p.m.to reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster", a police statement said.

"Sadly, it is reflective of hate against Muslims which continues to manifest itself alongside the rise of the far-right", said the council, which represents some 2.7 million British Muslims. "The incident, which was contained to one room, has been stood down".

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