(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/1/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that the FBI will investigate possible bias motives in two recent attacks targeting Muslims in Maryland and Georgia.
On April 8, vandals torched the van of a Douglasville, Ga., Muslim family and spray-painted “Killers Go Home!” on a wall of their home. CAIR offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
SEE: CAIR: FBI Asked to Probe Attack on Georgia Muslim Family
On April 27, shots were fired into the Islamic Society of Delmarva in Salisbury, Md. One person was reportedly inside the building at the time of the shooting but was not injured.
SEE: Shots Fired Into Maryland Mosque
CAIR called on the FBI to investigate both incidents as possible anti-Muslim hate crimes.
“We welcome the FBI’s intervention in these cases and hope the resources the agency can offer to local law enforcement authorities will help bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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 Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com.