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CAIR: AZ Imam Verbally Assaulted on 9/11 Anniversary

(PHOENIX, AZ, 9/16/07) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) reported today that an imam, or Islamic religious leader, was verbally assaulted in a Tempe mosque on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The imam of the Islamic Community Center of Tempe told CAIR-AZ that three white men entered the mosque on the afternoon of September 11, 2007, and demanded to know “what you guys are hiding here.” When the men were asked to leave the mosque, one of them began screaming obscenities such as “f**k all you guys.”

The incident was reported to local police and to the FBI.

CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Coordinator Mohammed AbuHannoud, 602-460-9987, E-Mail:


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