APNewsBreak: UK Muslims vigilant after Norway

AP News
Posted: Jul 24, 2011 10:28 AM
APNewsBreak: UK Muslims vigilant after Norway

Extra security will be put up at mosques around the U.K. in the wake of the deadly attacks in Norway, British Muslim leaders said Sunday.

Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of Ramadhan Foundation, one of Britain's largest Muslim groups, says mosques are being extra vigilant as it emerges that the suspect blamed for the Norway attacks opposed Muslim immigration to Europe.

Shafiq told The Associated Press he was talking to other European Muslim leaders about the need to increase security and to British police about extra protection.

"People are afraid that we will be the next target," Safiq said in a telephone interview during a large gathering of Sunni scholars and leaders in northern city of Birmingham. "As a result, we've told people to be extra vigilant and there will be added security placed at mosques."

A pig's head was recently left at a mosque outside of Oxford, he added.

Norwegian police have not confirmed that an online manifesto ranting against Muslim immigration to Europe was written by the 32-year-old Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, but his lawyer referred to it and said Breivik had been working on it for years.

On Friday, seven people died in a bombing outside government headquarters. Hours later, 86 more died in a shooting spree on a nearby island.