Fort Pierce Islamic Center Arsonist Arrested

A news conference is scheduled to take place in St. Lucie County, Florida, at 6 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. This comes on the heels of the arrest of the arsonist who set fire to the Fort Pierce mosque, also known as, the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce.

The arrest took place in downtown Fort Pierce, on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The fire was set by the unidentified arsonist on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, terrorist attacks, late Sunday night. The fire did not cease from demolishing the mosque until early Monday morning when the flames were extinguished.

Sept. 11 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The date also marks the day of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha. The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce was oftentimes visited by the Orlando nightclub Pulse shooter, Omar Mateen.

According to Islamic Center of Fort Pierce Assistant Imam Hamaad Rahman, the Muslim community is more than a building and this tragedy will bring them closer.

Since the June 12, mass shooting in Orlando, the Islamic center has received an imminent number of threats, according to Imam Hamaad Rahman. This exceeded the threats the mosque had received in the last 20 years. Florida state and international organizations offered $10,000 for information about the arsonist prior to the arrest.

Written by Andrea Lopez
Edited by Jeanette Smith


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