(Ottawa, Canada – March 16, 2008) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today condemned the arson attack on a Calgary Muslim family’s home. At about 4 a.m. Friday morning, a man set Iftikhar Ahmed’s house ablaze with a jerrycan and a booze bottle. Seven children and three adults were sleeping in the home.
Police are investigating the arson and other recent attacks against Muslim community members. The possibility that the attacks are the result of a local dispute involving human rights complaints and misappropriation of funds has not been ruled out.
Police are looking for two Caucasian men, 20 to 25, who were present at the time of the incident.
“CAIR-CAN is urging the Calgary police to quickly and thoroughly investigate Friday’s arson attack and other recently reported incidents against Muslim community members. Only then will the perpetrators’ motivations be known.
“The persons responsible for these crimes must be brought to justice and prosecuted. These offences cannot be tolerated,” said Aftab Sabir, CAIR-CAN Board Member.
People with information are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 266-1234 or 1-800-222-8477.
SEE: Calgary Sun: Calgary Muslim’s Home Torched
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CONTACT: Aftab Sabir, CAIR-CAN Board Member, 403-870-8342 or Sameer Zuberi, Communications Coordinator, 613-795-2012.