Hate crimes against Muslims in US surge 67 percent: FBI

    Hate crimes against Muslims in US surge 67 percent: FBI

    Nov.15, NY: Hate crimes against Muslims in the United States shot up 67 percent in 2015 to their highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to new FBI statistics.

    Overall, 57 percent of the 5,850 reported incidents were motivated by race or ethnicity, while 20 percent of hate crimes were related to religious bias, the federal law enforcement agency reported on Monday.

    There were 257 incidents of anti-Muslim bias in 2015, compared to 154 the previous year. The number is second only to the surge in hate crimes following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 when 481 incidents against Muslims were reported.

    While there was a huge increase against Muslims, Jews remained the most frequent target of religious-based hate crimes in the US, representing 53 percent of all those reported, the FBI said.

    The bureau's report also listed 1,053 hate crimes regarding sexual orientation, 19 percent of which were committed against gay males.

    The report came at a time of heightened racial and religious tensions in the US following last week's presidential election.

    The Oslo Times International News Network