(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/15) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a possibly bias-motivated bombing at an NAACP office in Colorado.
An “improvised explosive device” was detonated Tuesday outside a building housing the Colorado Springs chapter of the civil rights group. A gasoline can was placed next to the bomb but the contents did not explode. No one was injured in the attack. The FBI is seeking a “potential person of interest” described as a white male about 40 years old.
The Baltimore-based NAACP has been targeted by racists since its founding in 1909.
SEE: “Improvised Explosive Device” Set Off near Colorado Springs NAACP Office (Denver Post)
“Given the long history of hate crimes targeting African-Americans and the NAACP, a possible bias motive for this bombing must be investigated and the perpetrator brought to justice,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “American Muslims will always stand in solidarity with any group or individual targeted by bigots.”
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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org