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Attempted Arson at Muslim Cemetery, Advocates Call for Investigation

A Muslim cemetery in Minnesota has been vandalized. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is describing the incident as an attempted arson and calling for the FBI to investigate, CBS Minnesota reports.

According to CAIR-MN, someone smelled a gas leak at the Al Maghfirah (MAG-FIRAH) Cemetery in Castle Rock Township early Tuesday morning. They found a large cut gas pipe and 30 strategically placed tires inside the building.

“An explosion and resulting fire were thankfully averted in what appears to be the latest hate attack on the Muslim community,” CAIR MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, said in a statement. “We call on local, state and federal law enforcement agencies – including the FBI – to investigate a possible bias motive for this failed arson attack against a Muslim institution.”  

CAIR-MN pointed out that the cemetery has been targeted before. It had to mount a legal challenge to build the cemetery. In August 2017, the cemetery was also vandalized.

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