Law enforcement has found remnants of a crude pipe bomb in the explosion and fire at a Jacksonville mosque.
Special Agent-in-Charge Jim Casey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Jacksonville office told the Times-Union the pipe bomb had been found following the explosion. The bombing is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
FBI investigators and other law enforcement officials are scheduled to discuss the case in more detail at a 4 p.m. briefing today at the FBI offices on Gate Parkway.
Someone planted the explosive about 9:30 p.m. on Monday behind the mosque on St. Johns Bluff Road. At the time about 60 people were inside for evening prayers. The firebomb caused minor damage to the building, but there were no injuries.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced a $5,000 reward Wednesday afternoon for information that leads to the arrest of the bomber.
Anyone with information about the Islamic Center fire bombing can contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500 or the FBI at (904) 248-7000.