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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

First Death Reported in London Backlash

According to the Guardian (UK), "since Thursday's bombings police have recorded 300 hate crime incidents, including the killing of a man in Nottingham after anti-Muslim abuse was shouted at him."

The BBC reports, "Kamal Butt, 48, died after being attacked outside a corner shop in Hope Close, The Meadows, on Sunday. After collapsing unconscious onto the pavement, he was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre but was declared dead. The victim had been staying with friends in the area. Eight juveniles and a man have been arrested."

Nottinghamshire Police Superintendent Dave Colbeck told the Times (UK), "From the inquiries we have made in the area, it leads us to believe we should investigate it as a racist attack."

The Guardian also spoke of the fear of an increased backlash following the revelation that the attackers were four men of Pakistani origin: "The announcement that the London blasts were the work of men police believe were British-born Muslim suicide bombers sparked fears of a backlash yesterday. "

The chair of the Muslim Safety Forum was reported as saying that the London bombings pose the biggest challenge to community cohesion Britain has faced in modern times. He said, "I am scared on two fronts. I'm scared that I could be the next victim of somebody indiscriminately killing me, and I'm scared that I may be the victim of somebody's indiscriminate hatred."

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