(SACRAMENTO, CA, 1/4/2016) – The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today welcomed the $2500 FBI reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect or suspects who participated in December 26, 2015 attempted arson and possible hate crime of the Tracy Islamic Center.
On the morning of December 26th, mosque leaders found fire damage on a side door to the facility from what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail.
“We welcome the FBI reward and appreciate the proactive efforts of the FBI, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department and the ATF in this ongoing investigation,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. “This reward also sends a strong message of deterrence for future incidents.”
Last month, a suspect was arrested for allegedly firebombing a California mosque.
CAIR recently released a preliminary report on more than 70 incidents targeting American mosques and religious institutions in 2015 that shows a greater frequency of damage, destruction, vandalism, and intimidation than in any other year since CAIR started tracking such cases in 2009.
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.
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