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CAIR Urges Probe of Possible Bias Motive in California Attack

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/1/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today called on California law enforcement authorities to
investigate a recent attack on the wife of a nationally-known Muslim leader
as a possible hate crime.

A window in a vehicle driven by Ameena Saeed, wife of American Muslim
Alliance (AMA) Chairman Dr. Agha Saeed, was shattered by a projectile on
February 23 as she approached a freeway entrance ramp in Berkeley, Calif.
Saeed told CAIR that she heard people speaking in a nearby vehicle, and
then heard loud bang. It is not clear whether the bang was caused by the
firing of a weapon or by the projectile’s impact on the car window.

CAIR has contacted the Berkeley Police Department to urge that bias be
considered as a possible motive in the incident.


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