Tracy mosque attacked in what Muslim leaders say is hate crime

Tracy mosque attacked in what Muslim leaders say is hate crime
(Sunday, December 27, 2015) 14:34

An Islamic group is calling for law enforcement officials to investigate Saturday’s apparent early morning firebombing of the Islamic Center in Tracy as a hate crime.

Basim Elkarra, executive director for the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that when mosque leaders arrived in the morning they found what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail had been tossed over the gate toward the building’s side door.

There was minimal fire damage, but the situation could have been much worse if the firebomb had landed closer to the building or other structures, Elkarra said.

The matter needs to be treated as a hate crime to bring justice and stem the outbreak of such crimes, he added.

“The recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide is unprecedented and should be of concern to all Americans,” Elkarra said.


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