We would like to bring to your attention, as a matter of serious concern, that a number of mosques in London and in other parts of the U.K. have been targets of suspicious packages and mails. The source of this post to date is unknown, however due to the malicious nature of this crime, both the police and MINAB are taking this matter very seriously and police inquires are continuing.
Although no lethal material has been found in the package nor has anyone sustained any injury or physical harm, it is crucial that mosques are made aware of this raising concern and take all precautionary measures when handling the post.
Maulana Shahid Raza,OBE, Chairman of the MINAB said:
“This hate inspired act has caused distress and disruption to a number of mosques in the UK and aims to spread fear and hate crime. The MINAB will take this matter up with the authorities and will continue to provide support to Mosques in tackling all forms of hate and extremism. It is important for Mosques and all institutions to regularly review their security policies and procedures to effectively manage all risks."
In the event that a mosque or an Islamic Institution receives a suspicious package or post, please treat the matter as serious and immediately follow police advice as stated below:-
1. Do not touch or handle the mail/package any further.
2. Remain calm.
3. Move everyone away to a safe distance.
4. Safely communicate instructions to staff and public.
5. Ensure that whoever found the item or witnessed the incident remains on hand to brief the police.
In light of these incidents, the public are also urged to remain vigilant and to immediately report anything suspicious by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
The MINAB has prepared guidelines for our members dealing with suspected packages and materials.
Guidelines for Mosques and Training Institution dealing with suspected packages and materials