Video Captures Man Throwing Molotov Cocktail At Mosque In Albuquerque
FBI agents and Albuquerque police are investigating after an unknown person threw a Molotov cocktail at a mosque in Albuquerque on Friday morning. The device hit the exterior wall of the Islamic Center of New Mexico around 3:55 a.m. Friday, scorching a wall and leaving broken glass on the ground, KOB reports. The device was thrown at an area of the building dedicated to women and children.
[su_center_ad]Several agencies, including the FBI and APD bomb squad, responded to the Islamic Center to conduct an investigation.
“I’m very disappointed something like this would happen here in Albuquerque,” Jameela Abdul Halim, the assistant administrator at the Islamic Center said.
Shakir Farid Abdullah, the center’s janitor, said he found the burnt bottle about five hours later, at around 9:00 a.m.
Abdullah explained that he fears the perpetrator assumes the mosque is affiliated with terrorist groups overseas.
“We believe in peace, nonviolence…we don’t support terrorism,” he said.. “We don’t support any acts of violence against any religious group…so someone, obviously, is ignorant to that.”
The Molotov cocktail was thrown on Friday, the day hundreds of Muslims come to the mosque to pray.
“[We’re] very grateful it didn’t go through the window. There was nobody around at the time; we didn’t have a lot of people,” Abdul Halim, a member of the Mosque said.
This isn’t the first incident at the center. Mosque member Andy Brooks said that people threw flaming Qurans into the mosque’s yard a couple years ago, and last year, someone walked into the Iman’s office and threatened him with a gun.
In February, a man approached two children on the mosque’s playground and allegedly threatened to stab them because he hated Muslims.
Members of the mosque say they’re going to invest more money on surveillance cameras.
This incident was captured on surveillance video, and shows a man getting out of his vehicle, approaching the center, then hurling the device.
Rep. Peter King said on Friday — before this incident — that we need an “all-out” increased surveillance of the Muslim communities. Perhaps he should surveil his own base.
The New Mexico Conference of Churches released a statement:
“The New Mexico Conference of Churches is terribly distressed by the news that a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the Islamic Center of New Mexico this morning. Christians across our state reject such hate-based violence. We recognize our Muslim brothers and sisters as fellow children of God and as our neighbors whom we are called to love. We urge all people to resist hatred with compassion in order to build a new era of peace and goodwill. Our prayers are with the members of the Islamic Center and we offer any and all help at this time.”
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) also issued a statement:
“The news that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Islamic Center of New Mexico is deeply troubling. Acts of violence have no place in our society. The members of the Center and the entire Muslim community in New Mexico are in my thoughts.”
No arrests have been made at this time and the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime yet. If you have any information, contact the police.
Has anyone seen Michele Bachmann lately?
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