Racist vandals have spraypainted ‘Terrorise your own country’ on an Islamic Centre in south London.
The hate crime comes a day after extremists carried out a devastating attack in London Bridge and Borough Market, killing seven people and injuring 48. Of those, 21 are now in a critical condition.
The graffiti on the building in Sutton, which is more than 12 miles away from the site of the attack, read ‘Terrorize your own country’ and ‘Go away’.
The Islamic centre has no connection to the attackers who carried out the atrocity on Saturday night.
But the building’s very presence has provoked the ire of racists and Islamophobes in the area.
In the wake of the attack Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain condemned the terrorists.
He said: ‘I am appalled and angered by the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market, in my home city. These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms.
‘Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards who once again have destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons.
‘That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims were praying and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith.
‘My prayers are with the victims and all those affected. I commend the work of our emergency services working hard to keep us safe and cope with the ensuing carnage.
‘As ever we urge everyone to assist the authorities so that these criminals can be apprehended and brought to justice.’
It comes as Theresa May pledged things ‘have to change’ and floated the suggestion that in ‘some’ communities extremism was being tolerated.
Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said: ‘We are concerned about some elements of Theresa May’s statement earlier today. May acknowledged as Jeremy Corbyn did nine days ago in response to the Manchester attacks, that such attacks are a perversion of Islam not representative of Islam.
‘However, she suggested that the attack was in some way linked to the segregation of Muslim communities. There is no evidence that links terrorism to segregation or integration in society. Information regarding the precise identity of the London Bridge and Borough Market attackers is yet to be revealed.’
The Met told Metro.co.uk: ‘Police in Sutton have completed a report for racially aggravated criminal damage after a mosque in Oakhill Hill, SM1 was daubed with Islamophobic graffiti on Sunday, 4 June.
‘No arrests have been made. Reassurance patrols are taking place throughout the borough.’