Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Vandalisms on mosques and Muslim businesses still unsolved


Rock is a reminder of unsolved attacks
Muslim leaders dismayed no one has been arrested in a months-old string of vandalism

March 13, 2007


Inside his office, Imam Husham Al-Husainy still has the rock that was hurled through the front window of his Dearborn mosque two months ago. It's there to remind him.

"I hope whoever did this gets caught," Al-Husainy, head of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, said Monday. "Who would do this?"

That question has hovered over metro Detroit's Muslim communities in recent weeks. But police and FBI agents don't know who was behind a string of attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in Dearborn and Detroit.

Police said they have probed a variety of possible motives -- from sectarian tensions to hatred of Muslims. But they also "could have been just a random act of violence," Dearborn Police Sgt. David Robinson said Monday.

Detroit FBI Special Agent Dawn Clenney said the agency is still investigating.

One bright spot is that no vandalism has been directed at Muslim institutions in metro Detroit since January.

"We're grateful that no other incidents have happened since," said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We're still hopeful that law enforcement will continue to investigate this case and hopefully catch someone."(MORE)

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