In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FLORIDA MUSLIM HOME TORCHED BY ARSONISTS
‘F*** Islam’ spray-painted on garage of burned house
(TAMPA, FL, 7/12/07) – The Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) today called on the FBI to investigate an arson attack on a Sarasota Muslim family’s home as a possible hate crime.
According to the police report (Case# 200700056299) on the July 6th incident, “F*** Islam” was spray-painted on the garage door of the house, which is owned by a Muslim of Bosnian heritage.
Neighbors told a local television station that “it sounded like a bomb exploded inside the house.” The station also reported that “there were 10 different spots inside the home where accelerants were used.”
Fire officials told police that the blaze was an act of arson.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, has 33 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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