Muslim war protesters disrupted a homecoming parade for British troops Tuesday, with one preacher praising the disruption and branding the homecoming a "vile parade" of "brutal murderers" whom he likened to Nazis, the Daily Mail reported.
Anjem Choudary mocked the parade for the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in Luton, England, by posting a message on an Islamic extremist Web site joking about British soldiers killed by friendly fire in Iraq.
Choudary called the troops cowards who have an "uncanny knack for death by friendly fire," the Mail reported.
He leads the group Islam for the U.K., an organization trying to make Britain an Islamic state ruled by Shariah law.
British officials condemned Tuesday's protests, where 200 troops were met with hate-filled cheers and signs reading, "Anglian soldiers: Butchers of Basra," and "Anglian soldiers: cowards, killers, extremists."
It was revealed Wednesday that the protests were organized by an extremist group directly linked to banned Muslim cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Bakri, 51, said he was proud of the protesters but denied organizing the demonstration, the Mail reported.