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British police arrest scores at far-right protest

British police arrested more than 160 people on Saturday as they sought to separate far-right protesters and anti-fascist demonstrators gathered in an immigrant area of east London. Scotland Yard had imposed conditions on a protest by the far-right English Defence League (EDL) to keep its members away from the centre of the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets. Strict conditions were also imposed on a planned counter-demonstration by groups including Unite Against Fascism, to ensure the two sides did not meet.

UK mosque bombing suspect also accused of Muslim man's murder

LONDON (Reuters) - A Ukrainian man, detained this week over the bombing of mosques in central England, has also been accused of the murder of an elderly Muslim man stabbed to death on his way home from evening prayers three months ago, police said on Saturday. The 25-year-old was arrested along with another Ukrainian man, 22, on Thursday on terrorism charges after explosions at two mosques near the city of Birmingham, one in June and the other last week.

UK police investigate suspected nail bombing at mosque

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Friday they were investigating a suspected nail bomb attack on a mosque in central England and were treating the incident as a suspected terrorist act. Officers were alerted to reports of a loud bang and smoke in Tipton near Birmingham shortly after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported, but the immediate area was evacuated as army bomb disposal experts carried out a search, West Midlands police said.

British far-right leader arrested on banned march

The leader of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) was arrested on Saturday after breaching a police order banning a march to the London site where a soldier was murdered last month, the group said. Scotland Yard had warned Tommy Robinson and other EDL members they faced arrest if they went ahead with a planned walk and rally at the barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, where Lee Rigby was hacked to death. Two British converts to Islam are due to stand trial over the murder in November.

Islamists jailed for plotting attack on British right-wingers

Six Islamic extremists were handed lengthy jail terms in Britain on Monday for plotting a murderous attack on a far-right group. They planned to attack a rally by the English Defence League (EDL) -- a group which opposes the spread of radical Islam in Britain -- in June last year but turned up after the demonstration had ended. They were armed with two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb.

Four people arrested in London over Islamic school fire

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have arrested four teenagers in connection with a fire at an Islamic school that has heightened fears of anti-Muslim reprisals after a soldier was murdered on a London street last month. London's Metropolitan Police said they would increase their presence at places considered at risk and would maintain an around-the-clock guard at some locations.

British police say fire at London Islamic school suspicious

LONDON (Reuters) - A fire at an Islamic boarding school in London late on Saturday night is being treated as suspicious, the police said, just days after a mosque was burnt down in another part of the British capital in a suspected arson attack. In an incident likely to stoke fears that an anti-Muslim backlash is under way after the killing of a British soldier on a London street last month, police said they were investigating a fire at the Darul Uloom Islamic School in Chislehurst.

Far-right graffiti found at burnt Somali centre in London

British counter-terrorism police were on Wednesday investigating a fire that gutted a Somali community centre in London, after far-right graffiti was found at the scene. Police and firefighters were called in the early hours to a serious blaze at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association in Muswell Hill, north London, which is believed to house a Muslim prayer centre. Counter-terrorism police have taken over the investigation after graffiti reading "EDL" -- the far-right English Defence League -- was found on the building, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Pair released in British soldier murder case

Two men arrested on suspicion of being involved in supplying illegal firearms in connection with the Islamist murder of a British soldier were released on bail Saturday. The two unnamed men, aged 46 and 42, were arrested on Friday. They have been bailed to return to a south London police station in late June, pending further enquiries. Michael Adebolajo, 28, a convert to Islam who was shot and injured by police in the May 22 incident, is still being held for questioning over the killing of Lee Rigby and the attempted murder of a police officer.

Hackers target UK far-right group over response to London murder

LONDON (Reuters) - Activists calling themselves Anonymous UK have posted on the Internet what they say are personal details of members of the English Defence League (EDL), a far-right group that has led an anti-Muslim backlash after a killing in London last week. The EDL has staged protests and skirmished with police since soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to death in a London street last Wednesday by two men who said the killing was in retaliation for the deaths of Muslims at the hands of British forces abroad.
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