LONDON – A few days after hate emails were circulated across the UK, two people were hospitalized Monday after a “suspicious package” was found at British parliament.
“A man and a woman have been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution,” London’s Metropolitan Police said, Daily Sabah reported.
A spokeswoman for the House of Commons said the area had been cordoned off but there was no evacuation.
“We are aware of a potential situation involving a suspicious substance which the Met Police are investigating,” she said in a statement.
According to the police statement, emergency services were called to the Norman Shaw Building, which hosts some parliamentary offices, “at 12.58 p.m. to reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster.”
Currently, the package, sent to Muslim Labour MP Mohammad Yasin, is being assessed by specialist officers, according to the police.
Earlier this week, hate letters were sent to random UK homes asking the recipients to join a national day of violence against Muslims in April.
The letter asked people to carry out violent acts including verbal abuse, removing a woman’s hijab or head-scarf, physical assault and using acid as a weapon.
The United Kingdom is home to about 2.8 million Muslims, constituting 4.4 percent of the population.