London police say Muslim hate crimes up by 71 percent

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The number of reported Islamophobic offences in London soared in the last year, police said on Monday with a Muslim group that monitors such attacks saying women were the primary targets.

London's Metropolitan Police said there were 816 Muslim hate crimes in the British capital in the 12 months to July, a rise of 71 percent on the same period the year before.

The force put the increase down to better reporting and an improved awareness among officers, but also said world events and the celebration of religious days led to a rise in hate crimes.

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