Package containing liquid is found in Labour MP Mohammad Yasin's office

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Speaking in the House of Commons after hearing news of the incident, Tory MP Michael Fabricant raised fears the package sent to Mr Yasin may be connected to reports anti-Muslim letters have been posted across the country.

"This government wants to give a strong message to Muslim people across this country... we are committed to their safety and security", said Victoria Atkins, a Home Office Minister, in Parliament following an urgent question from Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi in Parliament calling for clarity on the government's strategy for tackling the rising issue of Islamophobia.

Labour MP Rupa Huq is the latest MP to receive the letter, copies of which are also understood to have been opened by Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali and Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin.

A member of Ms Huq's staff was taken to hospital, but was later discharged. Huq, who said she was in a select committee meeting at the time of the incident, has been MP for Ealing Central and Acton since 2015. "It is awful though, it's really very frightening", she told the Guardian.

"People should then get in touch with us at Tell MAMA or call 101 to be put through to the local police force".

"Tell MAMA documented previous year how the so-called "Muslim Slayer" targeted mosques in parts of London and the United States in 2017 with similar threats, and in some cases, with non-toxic white powder".

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All four suspicious letters sent to MPs have been found in the Norman Shaw north building in Westminster, which houses MPs' offices and is linked by a walkway to Portcullis House.

The sick letter says: "They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer". It released a statement, saying: "It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate". Two people were hospitalised as a precaution before the items were deemed not to be hazardous.

A man and a woman were yesterday taken for treatment yesterday before those packages were found to be harmless.

The organization said that some of the letters appear to have been mailed out of Sheffield, the NYT reported.

The substance has since been found to be non-hazardous, according to police.

'The incident, which was contained to one room, is in the process of being stood down'.

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