Islamic Group Calls for Hate-Crime Investigation in Mosque Arson

August 13, 2007

Source: The Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

ANTIOCH, Calif. -- An Islamic group called on authorities Monday to launch a hate-crime investigation into a fire that caused $200,000 in damage to an Antioch mosque.

Investigators with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said they are treating the fire that broke out early Sunday morning at the Islamic Center of the East Bay as possible arson, but have found no evidence it was motivated by religion.

Safaa Ibrahim, executive director of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the fire was part of an ongoing campaign to "terrorize" members of the local Muslim community.