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Islamic Societies On British University Campuses Are Receiving Threats After The Paris Terrorist Attacks

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies told BuzzFeed News it expects Muslim students to receive more abuse in the near future.

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BuzzFeed News has learnt that at least three Islamic societies in the UK received death threats and abusive messages online in the days following the Paris terrorist attacks.

According to the UK's largest body for Muslim students, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), the messages have ranged from racist and Islamophobic abuse to violent death threats, including one threat of a bomb attack.

One message passed on to BuzzFeed News (pictured) threatens "revenge" attacks on Muslim students, including threats to "bomb mosques" and attack women.

BuzzFeed News understands the societies threatened include Strathclyde University Islamic Society, which has reported the threat to police.

"We as FOSIS are deeply concerned by incidents like this," said Yusuf Hassan, vice president for student affairs at FOSIS. "As a community, Muslim students face a level of hostility from their peers and wider society that is beyond what any other student group face.

"We feel that assurances should be made by all universities that the welfare of Muslim students is prioritised in these times."

He added: "It should not be forgotten that Islamic Societies are amongst the most active and diverse groups on campuses, engaging in a range of activities with the aim being to enrich the experiences of all students at university".

The statement comes as UK based Islamic organisations warn of possible reprisals on British Muslims as a result of last weekend's attacks, purportedly by terrorists linked to ISIS, which killed over 127 people.

On Saturday, the Islamic Human Rights Commission reissued safety advice for Muslim communities, urging them to report incidents of verbal and physical anti-Muslim harassment to the police.

Other organisations, including the Muslim Council of Britain, issued statements condemning the terrorist attacks as well as ISIS.

"The attacks once again in Paris are horrific and abhorrent, and we condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms," said MCB secretary general Dr Shuja Shafi. "My thoughts and prayers for the families of those killed and injured and for the people of France, our neighbours.

"We hope those responsible are brought to justice and face the full force of the law."

Hussein Kesvani is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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