Pro-ISIS leaflets target London shoppers
Brochures urging Muslims to leave Britain and join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group were and handed out to Oxford Street shoppers in central London, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
The newspaper said men, who stood in front of posters declaring “the dawn of a new era has begun,” were handing out pro-ISIS brochures.
“The khilafah (Caliphate) has been established,” one leaflet read, in reference to territories gained in Iraq and Syria after ISIS waged its lightening offensive in recent weeks.
Another leaflet said: “We have been living in a constant state of ignorance, our lands separated, resources stolen, ummah disunited, honor humiliated and the laws of shirk established over us.”
The leaflet said Muslims around the world have “many great responsibilities towards the success and spread of the khilafah across the world.”
It also sets out seven rules for supporters, including to “obey” the Caliph, Sharia law, “migrate” from the UK to the caliphate and “expose lies” about the extremist group.
Managing director of the anti-extremism foundation Quilliam, Ghaffar Hussain, said that handing out the leaflets is a “clear breach of the law,” in comments to the news outlet.
Meanwhile, a Met spokesman said: “The MPS has been made aware, via social media, of leaflets which reports state were being distributed in the Oxford Street area. We are assessing the content of the leaflets to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed.”