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A hate preacher sparked outrage last night by urging British Muslims not to wear poppies.

Anjem Choudary said any Muslim who wore the symbol of respect was betraying his religion and backing "British nationalism".

Choudary, a right-hand man of exiled cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, 47, was responding to news that poppy sales were down in areas of the country with a high population of Muslims.

The vast majority of Brits wear poppies to remember victims of all wars fought by British citizens, including Muslims.

But Choudary, 41, said: "This is not something we should be supporting. We are not sanctioned to support poppies by the Sharia law.

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