The FBI is investigating the possibility that arson at a Blaine convenience store was a hate crime.

On Jan. 22, Muhammad Ismail was getting ready to close the Blaine Dairy Store when three men came in and threw bottles that burst into flames. Investigators also found the word “Arab” spray-painted on the building.

FBI special agent Paul McCabe said Wednesday that bureau representatives will attend a town hall meeting organized by the Minnesota office of the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Lake Harriet United Methodist Church but will not comment specifically on the Blaine incident.


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