Monday, June 18, 2018

Canada: Alberta mosque set ablaze in 'brazen' arson


"Absolutely shocked and deeply disappointed to learn the brazen attack on a mosque in Alberta, Canada," wrote Safwan Choudhry, a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at in Canada. 

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By Zoe Todd | June 17, 2018

A mosque in Edson, Alta., was set on fire late Saturday night shortly after a small group of people left the building following evening prayers.

The three people who were praying inside had left the Edson Mosque, about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton, and were still in the parking lot when the fire started at the building's south entrance at around 11 p.m. local time.

Mosque security camera footage captured the flames as well as a person in a dark hoodie leaving the property with what appears to be a red jerrycan.

Firefighters arrived 15 minutes after the fire started and extinguished it, said Tufik Baterdouk, vice-president of the Islamic Society of Edson.
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The fire occurred a day after Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting. It left soot and scorch marks on the exterior of the building, which was built five years ago using fire-resistant material.
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The Ahmadiyya Muslims in Canada condemned the attack in a social media post.

"Absolutely shocked and deeply disappointed to learn the brazen attack on a mosque in Alberta, Canada," wrote Safwan Choudhry, a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at in Canada. The mosque was deliberately set ablaze after being doused with gasoline."

"This arson attack comes only a day after Eid, which is among the most joyous days for Muslims, Mr Choudhry further said.



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