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Four teenagers arrested after a fire at an Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst in Kent have been bailed, police have said:
Police in London are seeing eight times as many Islamophobic attacks in the capital since the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, a Metropolitan Police chief said today.
Commander Simon Lethford told BBC Radio 4's Today programme police had "definitely seen an increase" in the number of incidents:
A London police chief has pledged to ensure an increased security presence around "vulnerable" areas in the capital following a suspected arson attack at an Islamic school in Chislehurst.
Commander Simon Letchford told the BBC's Today programme:
Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fire at the Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst, south-east London on Saturday night, Scotland Yard said.
Two 17-year-olds and two 18-year-old were arrested on suspicion of arson late yesterday and taken into custody.
Bromley Borough police officers are continuing to establish the full circumstances of the fire.
More than 100 pupils and staff at the Islamic boarding school had to be evacuated when the fire broke out.
Muslim political commentator Mohammed Ansar has said that the "government is being complacent on issues such as crimes against Muslim communities".
"This is almost puts us into a situation where this country is sleepwalking into a summer of discontent," he told ITV Daybreak.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called a fire started at an Islamic boarding school "shocking", adding that police would bring "the culprits to justice":
The school has been trying its best to carry on business as usual today, but part of the site is now a crime scene. The fire broke out shortly before midnight. Initially staff tried to tackle the blaze themselves but once firefighters arrived they handed the job to them.
Two pupils were treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation but the ambulance service say no one was taken to hospital.
It means the Met Police have launched two investigations into suspicious fires at Islamic sites in recent days. That's prompted the Met's Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe to issue a statement.
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Detectives investigating a fire at an Islamic boarding school were tonight working to establish if it was started deliberately.