Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is backing a new Muslim group accused of using its name to ridicule British soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Islamic Emergency Defence is already being shortened to IED, which also stands for the Improvised Explosive Devices used to kill or maim soldiers abroad.

Anjem Choudary, who said Drummer Lee Rigby ‘will burn in hellfire’ after he was executed on a Woolwich street a month ago, has an advisory role with the group.

The new organisation says it has been set up to stop ‘violent hooligans willing to inflict large scale carnage on innocent Muslims’. 

They have also set up an emergency hotline for Muslims to call them instead of the police so incidents can be ‘dealt with in a swift and Islamic manner’.

Their website adds: ‘Our aim is to build a national network of Muslim volunteers who are ready and able to protect and defend any Muslim from verbal and physical abuse.

‘Muslims should not be afraid to protect themselves or their brothers and sisters from acts of violence or hooliganism, because it is totally rational, sensible and above all: Islamic’.

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