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Four out of ten Muslim groups threatened

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Four out of ten Muslim organisations in Sweden have been threatened, according to an investigation by Swedish Radio's Ekot programme. Three out of ten have been attacked, vandalised and damaged.

Ekot interviewed 100 organisations which together represent 80,000 Muslims in Sweden. The abuse ranged from graffiti to attacks with fire bombs.

Bejzat Becirov, who runs the Islamic Centre in Malmö, said that the mosque there receives threatening mail "almost every day".

One example was a newspaper cutting showing vicitims of the recent earthquake in Pakistan. On it, someone had written "dead Muslims cannot come to Sweden".

According to the responses from the 100 organisations, Muslim women who wear veils are particularly likely to be harassed and discriminated against.

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