Arsonist attacks mosque in Southern California


Arsonist attacks mosque in Southern California

Norisa Diaz

28 March 2019

An arsonist set fire to the Islamic Center of Escondido, in north San Diego County in Southern California this past Sunday, leaving behind a note referencing the fascist terrorist rampage at two New Zealand mosques, which left 50 dead and as many injured just two weeks ago.

There were seven people inside Masjid Dar ul Arqam when the incident occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 24. One person who was awake at the time, spotted the flames and alerted the group, which was able to extinguish the fire before it spread.

The Islamic Center in Escondido [credit: Azhar Jaafar]

Investigators found a note left by the arsonist on the driveway of the mosque that referenced the March 15 massacre by Brenton Tarrant, who used a semi-automatic rifle to attack worshipers at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dustin Craun, the executive director of the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), noted the civil rights organization’s outrage in a statement Monday. “It is disturbing enough that some sick individual would attempt to burn a house of worship to the ground, but referencing the slayings in New Zealand is beyond the pale … While the majority of humanity has responded to the tragedy to draw closer to one another and refute hatred, a violent and hate-filled minority seeks further divisions.”

Yusef Miller, a spokesman for the Islamic community in Escondido, told reporters that “Everyone is on edge here today … When they connected it to New Zealand, it gave us a more real fear that something outlandish might happen.”

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