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Web removal of MPs 'hit list' urged

Britain is calling on the US authorities to remove from a "jihadist" website a list of MPs who voted in favour of the Iraq war and an appeal to harm them.

A Home Office spokesman said it was actively working to have the material removed from the site - among those cited as an influence by a student who tried to kill Labour's Stephen Timms.

The site lists 395 politicians who backed the 2003 invasion in the Commons - many of whom are no longer MPs - and gives advice on finding details of constituency surgeries.

It describes as a "heroine" Roshonara Choudhry, 21, who stabbed Mr Timms twice in the stomach at his surgery after watching extremist sermons online. She was this week jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years for attempted murder but the site said it hoped she would inspire others to similar actions.

"We ask Allaah to keep her safe and secure, to hasten her release and to reward this heroine immensely," the site says, adding: "We ask Allaah for her action to inspire Muslims to raise the knife of Jihaad against those who voted for the countless rapes, murders, pillages, and torture of Muslim civilians as a direct consequence of their vote."

It lists details of Mr Timms' surgeries and contains a link to a £15 set of kitchen knives on a British supermarket website.

Hundreds of videos inciting violence, including some linked to the suspected al Qaida mastermind of the cargo plane terror plot, were removed from YouTube on Wednesday. The clips by Anwar al-Awlaki, a high-profile member of the terror group thought to be behind the cargo bomb plot, were deleted from the video sharing site and more are being examined.

Choudhry claimed to have been inspired by the radical cleric's online sermons.

Scotland Yard said it was aware of the website and was "making inquiries".

A Home Office spokesman said: "We should all stand up against extremists, we will raise this with our overseas counterparts to encourage them to remove this content from the website. We are determined to tackle extremism and always press for the removal of jihadist material on the Internet. Where sites are hosted abroad our ability to close them down is limited."


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