Unknown Trespasser Threatens Friday Bomb
(CHICAGO, IL 2/16/17) - TODAY, Thursday, February 16, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a press conference at the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines (ICC Des Plaines) to discuss a bomb threat that was made by a trespasser yesterday against that Muslim congregation.
Video footage taken by the security camera and photographs taken by bystanders show a white, middle-aged man carrying a backpack trespassing into ICC Des Plaines. It is reported he told one of the Muslim bystanders that "everything here will be blown up by Friday," the day of weekly congregation prayers.
CAIR-Chicago will be joined at the press conference by leadership from the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines to discuss the threats.
WHO: CAIR-Chicago and ICC Des Plaines
WHAT: Press Conference on bomb threat at ICC Des Plaines
WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, February 16th, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: ICC Des Plaines, 480 Potter Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016
These threats occur only weeks after a white nationalist opened fire against an Islamic Community Center in Quebec City, killing 6.
"While we've been told that this person is known to authorities and might have mental issues, he was still on the loose and was able to walk into a mosque/school filled with hundreds of children. If he had a bomb or a gun in his backpack, we would have had a tragedy on our hands and a very different kind of press conference, and this prior knowledge would not have been of much help." said Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago
ICC Des Plaines and CAIR-Chicago have reported these threats to the FBI and police and the suspect is currently in police custody.
CAIR-Chicago also raised concerns about an anti-Muslim hate group coming to meet at the Des Plaines Public Library next Monday.
CAIR-Chicago is working with the ICC Des Plaines leadership to ensure beefed up security precautions.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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