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Rise in UK hate crimes seen

Muslim groups cite increase since bombing attacks

LONDON -- Attacks on Asians and religious minorities in London have increased by more than 500 percent since the suicide bomb attacks on the capital three weeks ago, according to Muslim groups.

Across Britain, one man has been murdered, one mosque firebombed, a Sikh temple attacked, and other buildings and individuals targeted, the Muslim Safety Forum, an umbrella group of Muslim organizations which advises the police, said yesterday.

There have been more than 230 ''faith-related" crimes recorded by London police since the July 7 suicide bomb attacks on the city's transport system that killed 52 people and which police say was carried out by four British Muslims. That compares to just 36 crimes during the same period last year.

The reported acts have varied from assaults and verbal abuse to a handmade poster being pushed through a Muslim family's door reading ''Al Qaeda bomber -- move or die".

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