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London mayor says anti-Muslim crimes spiked after attack

London Mayor Sadiq Khan speak during a vigil in Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017 to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3. (AFP/ Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan speak during a vigil in Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017 to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3. (AFP/ Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)

Anti-Muslim crimes in the British capital have increased fivefold since the London Bridge terror attack, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who warns that police wills take a “zero-tolerance approach” to such incidents.

“Provisional statistics for 6 June show a 40 percent increase in racist incidents, compared to the daily average this year, and a fivefold increase in the number of Islamophobic incidents,” the mayor’s office says in a statement.

It says 54 racist incidents were recorded on Tuesday, compared to a daily average of 38 so far in 2017.

Twenty of them were anti-Muslim incidents, well above the 2017 daily average of 3.5.

“This is the highest daily level of Islamophobic incidents in 2017 to date,” the statement says, adding it was higher than levels reached after the November 2015 attacks in Paris in which 130 people were killed.

People observe a minutes' silence at south-side of London Bridge in London on June 6, 2017, in memory of the victims of the June 3 terror attacks. (AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS)
People observe a minutes’ silence at south-side of London Bridge in London on June 6, 2017, in memory of the victims of the June 3 terror attacks. (AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS)

Eight people were killed on Saturday when three Islamist extremists mowed down people on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree in nearby Borough Market wearing fake suicide vests.

The three attackers, Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, were then killed by police. The Islamic State jihadist group later claimed responsibility.

— AFP

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