The family of a Lincolnshire soldier are said to have fled their home after a letter purporting to be from ‘avengers of Allah’ was posted through their door.
The alleged note, headed with ‘Jihad – The holy war for Islam – a warning to the brides of British Soldier Warmongers’, has sparked a warning to soldiers to monitor what they share on social media.
Lincolnshire Police are investigating the letter, which contained threats to ‘unbelievers’, stating “the servants of Allah intend to avenge (their) peoples by destroying the families of unbelievers in this land of hate”.
The note warns servicemen and women that they will “pay the price” for “destruction in the Holy Land”.
It was signed off with: “We know where you live and will begin to destroy the unbelievers and their families as they have done to us.”
Chief Inspector Jim Tyner of Lincolnshire Police released the following statement in relation to a letter received by the Lincolnshire serviceman’s family.
“Lincolnshire Police are investigating an allegation of malicious communications where a threatening letter has been sent to the home of a serving member of the armed forces.
“At present we believe this is a one off-incident and would like to hear from any families that had received similar letters.
“We would like to remind forces families of the need to take particular care. For example, they should review their security settings on social media to ensure they don’t accidentally share personal details.”
The Ministry of Defence has said that it is working with Lincolnshire Police to investigate the threat.