SCOTS Muslims have warned of an increasing number of Islamophobic incidents which are often unreported amid growing fears that a Finsbury Park-style terror attack by far-right extremists could occur north of the border.
Police Scotland confirmed last night that armed officers will be at mosques today as worshippers gather to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but underlined there is “no specific threat” and urged Muslims to “go about their business as normal”. Tension has heightened since Monday’s attack in London when one man died and nine people were injured after a white van mounted a pavement outside Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road in the early hours. On Friday Darren Osborne, 47, was charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.
The Sunday Herald has learned that Scottish Muslim leaders have warned worshippers not to gather in groups on the street outside mosques during today’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar said there is “real concern” among Muslims in Scotland following the Finsbury Park attack.
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