Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Two people hospitalised after suspicious package sent to Labour MP

Two people hospitalised after suspicious package sent to Labour MP

Reacting to the news, anti-Islamophobia group director Iman Atta OBE told the Sun: "Those behind the malicious letters are trying to create fear within the Muslim communities and the threatening letter titled "Punish a Muslim Day" may be part of a wider campaign of hate against Muslims".

Muslims members of the British parliament have been sent a series of suspicious packages over the past 24 hours, prompting a response by police.

Labour's Yasmin Qureshi asked an urgent question in parliament on Monday on the racist letters.

AFP also reports that the package was delivered to the office of the Muslim Labor MP Mohammad Yasin, who was not there at the moment. Afzal Khan also received a package but did not open it, his office told BI in a statement.

A source at the scene said they were anxious the incident was linked to the sick "Punish a Muslim Day" letters being sent round, revealed by The Sun last week.

Police are investigating the "Punish a Muslim" letter, which has been distributed across the country, and details a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the letters "utterly contemptible" called for unity against "vile Islamophobia". "One person attended hospital as a precaution", the spokesperson said.

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Police were called to the office of Mohammad Yasin at 1pm yesterday and MPs and staff on the first floor of the Norman Shaw North building in Westminster were told to leave the premises or stay shut in their offices.

The package is being assessed by specialist officers, according to the police. "The London Ambulance Service are on scene".

Two unidentified people were taken to hospital as a precaution following Monday's suspicious package report.

They added: "We are aware of a potential situation involving a suspicious substance which the Met Police are investigating".

In a later tweet, Huq said one member of her staff had been treated in hospital "as he handled the irritant substance", but he was discharged later Tuesday.

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

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