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Islamic Center Fire in Ga. Called Arson

A weekend blaze that destroyed the Islamic Center of Savannah was arson, fire investigators said. FBI agents are investigating the fire as a civil rights violation, said Special Agent Steve Crum. “We do feel it is a hate crime,” said Saad Hammid, a board member of the center. “This will continue until those criminals are put behind bars.” No one was injured in the blaze early Sunday but a rare, handwritten copy of the Koran was destroyed. Evidence of possible accelerants and other clues point to arson, assistant fire chief Stephen Miller said Monday. The 100 families that had been worshipping at the mosque — housed in a two-bedroom home — now say they will worship in a tent erected at the site. Full Story

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