Mosque in Texas comes under attack and set on fire
The blaze started after a group of male suspects smashed a window of the the Islamic Education Center of Houston and doused a room with gasoline before setting it on fire, spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Ibrahim Hooper said.
The Texas chapter of the CAIR issued a statement calling on the FBI to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
The surveillance cameras failed to catch a clear image of the suspects as they were reportedly masked, but arson investigators have started a probe into the attack.
“The number of recent incidents targeting American Muslims points to a disturbing nationwide trend that needs to be addressed by political and religious leaders at the national level,” Hooper said.
He added that in the past year, arsonists have targeted mosques or mosque construction sites in Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Michigan. In May last year, a bomb exploded at a Florida mosque.
A number of other hate incidents targeting American Muslims, those perceived to be Muslim and Muslim institutions have occurred since the alleged killing of Osama bin laden by US forces on May 1.
Some analysts have suggested that Islamophobia will decline after the US announcement of bin Laden’s death.
But others say the recent attacks signal that anti-Muslim sentiments still remain a problem for the Muslim communities across the US.