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Sajda Mughal OBE comments on Shamima Begum shooting range

28 FEBRUARY 2019
METRO

The stunt would help to encourage 'hatred and violence against Muslim women'.

JAN Trust has commented on the news that a shooting range in Wallasey has placed images of ISIS supporter Shamima Begum as target practice. Read the article here. 

 

Gun range under fire for using jihadi bride targets

PHOTOS of jihadi bride Shamima Begum are being used at a shooting range for target practice.

 

The images of the 19-year-old, who wants to come home after running off to join Daesh in Syria four years ago, were introduced after a 'record number of requests' from customers.

 

Ultimate Airsoft Range in Wallasey, near Liverpool, advertised the gimmick in tweets with the hashtags #Traitors and #madeyourchoice.

 

Bosses at the venues, where visitors can also take aim at Jose Mourinho, Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher, said the photos were just a bit of fun.

 

But Sajda Mughal, a 7/7 terror attack survivor who runs the anti-extremism charity JAN Trust, said the stunt would help to encourage 'hatred and violence against Muslim women'.

 

'We know from first-hand reports to us that attacks against Muslim women wearing hijabs and niqabs are high and on the increase,' she said.

 

Labour's Angela Eagle, Wallasey's MP, argued: 'It is wrong to use real people as targets as it can be misinterpreted. I am disapproving of shooting people who exist.'

 

The shooting range, house in old World War II tunnels 36ft underground, offers 'fun for all the family' and is open to children as young as six.

 

Well-known faces guests can shoot at also include Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler and pop start Justin Bieber. After the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show revealed the addition of Ms Begu, the firm defended itself.

 

It said: 'After watching Ms Begum being interviewed, there was a lack of empathy that she had shown and we decided to listen to our customers.

 

'The targets provide some fantastic reactions and conversations and bring out the inner child in us all.'

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