Mosque in Canada 'deliberately' set on fire

Police says Canada mosque fire is a hate crime but unclear if related to Paris attack

Web Desk November 17, 2015
PHOTO: Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Police in Canada searched for suspects after a mosque was set ablaze in Ontario's Peterborough area Saturday.

Although police declared it a hate crime, detectives said it was unclear whether the attack was in connection with the deadly Paris terror attacks that left 129 dead and were claimed by the Islamic State.

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The town’s police chief, Murray Rodd, said that an injury to one of the city’s ethnic communities was “an injury to us all”.

The president of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association, Kenzu Abdella, confirmed that the mosque was set ablaze at 11:00pm Saturday, about half an hour after association members were in the building celebrating the birth of a baby.

Further, Abdella claimed no one was injured in the fire but the building has been rendered unusable.

Following the incident, New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “deeply disturbed” by the fire and promised to protect the rights of worshippers at the mosque and catch those responsible for the fire.

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“Canada is a country that is strong, not in spite of our differences, but because of them. Muslim-Canadians contribute enormously to the social and economic fabric of our nation, and Canadian authorities will not abide innocent and peaceful citizens being targeted by acts of vandalism and intolerance,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have shocked peace-loving people in all countries around the world. We must remain focused on those responsible for the atrocities committed in France. It is equally important for Canadians to understand that Muslims around the world are also being persecuted regularly by these violent extremists. We are in this together," he added.

Christian and Jewish leaders, as well as community groups, immediately offered to open their facilities to Kawartha association members for prayers. Congregants will likely pray in a United Church on Friday, said Abdella. Meanwhile, some faithful used the grass outside the mosque for noon prayers on Monday.

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The mosque's Imam, Shazim Khan, expressed dismay at the incident, terming it a random act. “This is just an isolated incident,” said Khan, who has lived in the area for the past eight years. “I know this community — the people are loving, caring," he added.

This article originally appeared on The Guardian


Vectra | 8 years ago | Reply @Malatesh: For them if this happens in India it is intolerance but if happens in canada it is short circuit.Hypocrisy.
Malatesh | 8 years ago | Reply @Saad: Electrical short circuit?? What you would have said if this would have happened in India?? Entire Pakistan will come on street to protest against 'Intolerance' in India and Govt would have went to UN demanding action on India for 'human rights violations' ..
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