Second Arson Attack At Buddhist Temple

November 28, 2009

Author: Stewart Bell

Source: National Post

An early morning fire that damaged a Buddhist temple used by Toronto's Sri Lankan community for the second time in six months has been classified as an arson.

Toronto police have increased patrols in the area and are consulting with the hate crimes unit after flames engulfed part of the building at about 2 a.m. yesterday.

There were no injuries.

While police have not yet made any arrests, investigators are almost certainly examining whether the attack was connected to the Tamil nationalist conflict in Sri Lanka.

The Tamil Tigers rebels fought a three-decade civil war for independence for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority until May, when government forces wiped out the guerrillas.