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CAIR-MN Asks FBI to Probe Threat to Somali-American Family in Minnesota

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/19/16) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is calling on the FBI to investigate an alleged threat by two men to burn down the house of a Somali-American woman in that state if she and her family do not leave town.

The Muslim woman, who moved to Little Falls, Minn., earlier this year, was reportedly confronted at her home by two men who called her a terrorist and said Muslims are not allowed to live in that city.

SEE: Threat Against Somali Woman in Little Falls Investigated as Hate Crime

“We urge the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate this disturbing threat and to ensure the safety of the family targeted by anti-Muslim hate,†said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

Later today, CAIR-MN will host a news conference in Minneapolis with Muslim and Somali-American leaders to condemn GOP Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s recent Islamophobic and anti-Somali rhetoric.

Video: CAIR-MN, Muslim Leaders to Condemn Donald Trump’s Islamophobic, Anti-Somali Rhetoric

Yesterday CAIR called on state and federal authorities to investigate alleged threats to the Muslim community in Maine.

Video: CAIR Asks Feds to Probe Threats to Maine Muslims

CAIR has noted a spike in anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in recent months, which the civil rights groups attributes at least in part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by public figures like Donald Trump.

Video: CNN International Interviews CAIR-OK Rep About Alleged Hate Crime Murder of Arab-American

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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