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Friday, 15 August 2008

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IKEA branch in Islamabad

IKEA, the Swedish furniture shop, has taken the extraordinary step of providing its female Muslim employees with store-designed Hijabs, those headscarfy things, but has run into controversy over the extremist message written on the reverse of the garments.

Muslim staff at the Edmonton, North London branch were surprised and delighted to be presented with the navy blue and yellow corporate additions to their uniforms.

Non-Muslims working at the store, though, have complained at the intimidating message emblazoned over the necks of the scarves, which they say clearly stands for:

I Kill English Antagonists

Muslim leaders have been quick to deny this. One, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra said:

"It's just a logo, not a statement of intent."

IKEA spokesperson, Janet Molbe, told reporters:

"The Hijabs were the idea of Muslim designers in Saudi Arabia, and we have agreed to provide them for our staff as an attempt at pacification of Muslims following the Danish cartoons showing disrespectful images of Mohammad."

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