British Police Investigate Hate Letters Promoting 'Punish a Muslim Day'

Counter-terror unit investigates 'Punish a Muslim day' letter that rewards bombing mosques

Ominous letters are being sent anonymously around the United Kingdom urging people to participate in a macabre game called "Punish a Muslim", which awards points for doing things like burning down a mosque or throwing acid on a Muslim person.

Families in about six communities in England got letters in plain white envelopes with second-class stamps, The New York Times reports.

The offensive letters, offering points for committing different violent acts against Muslims, were sent to a string of locations across the country this week with five police forces - West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and the Metropolitan Police - all receiving reports.

Councillor Riaz Ahmed, a Lib Dem in Bradford, West Yorks., said he received the letter to his business address.

He told The Mirror: "It was not addressed to anyone, just the address and postcode as if it was sent out randomly".

Counter Terrorism Police in Nothern UK said to have received reports of "potentially malicious communications sent to individuals across the UK".

The under-secretary's response came in reply to an urgent question put forward by Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi following weekend reports that the Islamophobic letters were sent around and British police are investigating the incident.

Muslims have been warned to be vigilant as the authorities carry out a national counterterrorism investigation.

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The sick messages call for a day of violence against Muslims - dubbed "Punch a Muslim Day" - on April 3. It said the letter had "clearly originated from a disaffected section of society" but had to be treated seriously "as it may very well get into the hands of other like-minded people who are looking for a prompt to act".

It promised ten points for verbally abusing a Muslim, and 100 points for a physical attack.

"It is equally important that those who have received the letters contact the police as all evidence is vital in helping them find, and hold accountable, whoever is responsible for such hateful rhetoric".

"I am alarmed by its content, especially where it mentions acid because of all the recent reports in the media of acid attacks".

"Officers are now investigating the full circumstances". The organization also indicated that these communications "offer more points to a person if they decide to bomb or burn a mosque". A document by Tell MAMA suggested how one "Muslim Slayer" reportedly targeted mosques in London and the U.S.in 2017.

"If any constituent has received a letter, or is concerned, contact me at tracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk or if you'd rather, contact @TellMamaUK".

"I would like to reassure the people of South Yorkshire that public and community safety remains our utmost priority and as always, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone".

The HM Courts & Tribunals Service has also reported the contents of the letter after their details were maliciously used in the letter.