(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/29/19) – The Michigan chapter Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of a suspect relating to a bomb threat made against a mosque in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Benton Harbor Township Police were contacted by an official of the Islamic Association of Southwest Michigan in the time frame of when Muslims gather for weekly Friday prayer services reporting that a man made a threat to blow up the mosque. Police later apprehended a 38-year-old New Buffalo man relating to the threat.
The suspect confessed to making the bomb threat and is being held in the Berrien County Jail awaiting further charges.
SEE: Suspect arrested after admitting to making bomb threat toward Benton Harbor mosque (WWMT)
“We welcome the swift investigation and arrest by the Benton Harbor Township Police of the individual who threatened to blow up one of our houses of worship in Michigan,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
Walid also encouraged community leaders to review measures outlined in CAIR’s “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. Advice offered in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, firstname.lastname@example.org