Rioters broke windows and spray-painted buildings in a Moslem neighborhood of this northern city with slogans of support for Salman Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" has enraged many Moslems.
Reporters saw windows smashed, small trees pulled up, paint sprayed on cars, homes and religious centers and painted slogans demanding Rushdie be left in peace. No injuries were reported after the rampage Sunday night.Many Moslems believe Rushdie's novel blasphemes their religion. After protests in India, Pakistan, and other countries against the book, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Feb. 14 called on Moslems to seek out and kill Rushdie.
The novelist, a naturalized Briton born to a Moslem family in India, has since gone into hiding.
The Sheffield neighborhood where the rioting occurred is mainly inhabited by Pakistanis. The words, "Pakis die," were scrawled on a mosque.
Police said they made no immediate arrests.
"Community relations in this area are good. We cannot say what is behind the incidents at this stage," said a police spokesman who would not give his name.