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Sunday, April 25, 1999 Published at 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK


Racist 'Wolves' emerge from shadows

The White Wolves are one of four Nazi groups claiming the Brixton bomb

One of the extremist groups laying claim to a racist bombing campaign in London is a neo-Nazi splinter organisation which takes its name from a Serbian paramiltary death squad.

The White Wolves have sent a series of racist threats to prominent members of the UK's ethnic minorities and anti-racist campaigners in the last few weeks.

[ image: MP Oona King received death threats]
MP Oona King received death threats
It is one of the four groups which say they carried out last week's nail bombing of multi-racial Brixton.

The group, described as amateurish but violent, is a breakaway faction of Combat 18 - one of the UK's most notorious extremist groups, which has also claimed the bombings as its work.

Mike Whine, of the Board of Jewish Deputies, said: "The organisation comprises only half a dozen people but then you do not need many to carry out an act of violence."

In recent weeks up to 25 people have contacted the organisation after receiving identical stencilled death threats from the White Wolves.

Mr Whine said: "The letters are fairly amateurish in terms of their phraseology but nevertheless are very real because the people we know are involved in the group have a history of violence.

"They first emerged in Combat 18 several years ago and they are named after a Serb terrorist group that was terrorising Kosovars in Serbia.

[ image: The White Wolves are an off-shoot of the neo-Nazi Combat 18]
The White Wolves are an off-shoot of the neo-Nazi Combat 18
"Some people from Britain and Germany had gone as volunteers to Serbia and brought the name with them. It featured in racist literature distributed a few years ago."

Police have taken many of the letters, which are always stencilled in black ink to disguise the identity of the writer, away for DNA testing.

The letters, issued by the so-called "high command" of the White Wolves, read: "Notice is hereby given that all non-whites (defined by blood, not religion) must permanently leave the British Isles before the year is out.

"Jews & non-whites who remain after 1999 has ended will be exterminated.

"When the clocks strike midnight on the 31st of December 1999 the White Wolves will begin to howl and when the Wolves begin to howl the Wolves begin to hunt. You have been warned. Hail Britannia."

'Over-the-top and maniacal'

Oona King, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, in whose constituency Saturday's Brick Lane bomb exploded, received a letter at her offices at the House of Commons on the Thursday before last week's Brixton bomb.

"Threatening extermination to a group because of their ethnicity is what Milosevic is doing now. It should not be allowed to happen," she said.

"The point is that history shows we do not tolerate this type of racism, however violent."

Gerald Hartup of the anti-racist group The Freedom Association received a letter on April 15.

Mr Hartup described the letter as "foolish, over-the-top and maniacal."

He said: "It is the sort of thing that loopy racists do from time to time but they have taken the trouble to communicate with a reasonable number of people."

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