London, Mar 11 (ANI): British soldiers who have just returned from Iraq faced a barrage of abuses from Muslim extremists during a home-coming parade in Luton.
According to The Daily Express, radical Islamists condemned the 200 soldiers calling them "Butchers of Basra" and "Terrorists" as they marched in front of thousands of families and children on the streets of Luton.
The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment was further denounced as "Criminals, Murderers, Terrorists" and "Baby Killers".
While patriotic well-wishers, who were lined to welcome the soldiers tried to defend their heroes, the police declined to offer help.
Police dogs and riot vans were called to the scene and two men who had turned up to support the troops were arrested for public order offences.
The incident has sparked fury across the political and religious spectrum.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "The whole country is proud of our brave servicemen and women who serve their country with great distinction and courage. "It is, therefore, disappointing that a tiny minority tried, but ultimately failed, to disrupt today's event." (ANI)