Police are investigating the disturbing dumping of two severed pigs’ heads outside a Muslim school in Lancashire, England on Friday night as a hate crime.
The heads were left at the gates of the Markazul Aloom Islamic school in Blackburn and police were notified at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
"We understand the concern that incidents like this, while thankfully rare, can cause in the community," Chief Inspector Sheena Tattum said. "We have put extra patrols on in the area to try to offer some reassurance."
“An investigation is underway to identify those responsible and a team of detectives are carrying out numerous inquiries. We have carried out house to house inquiries in the area and done a search through CCTV and we would appeal for anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation to get in touch with us.”
The consumption of pork is forbidden in Islam.
Earlier this month, a severed pig’s head was tossed outside a Philadelphia mosque and another discovered by a graduate student at the University of Western Australia.
While Islamophobia has always been a crucial issue for Muslim-American communities, politicians like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, have only heightened those fears to promote their own agenda and thus created an even greater wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the West.
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