San Diego (CA), .- Dozens of people joined Sunday night in solidarity with an Islamic center north of the county of San Diego (California) that was attacked in what the police investigated as a possible arson and crime of hate.
Religious leaders and members of the community attended the vigil in front of a mosque in Escondido where they condemned the events after they found a note and graffiti that referred to the terrorist attack on March 15 at two mosques in Christchurch (New Zealand). ) in which 50 people died.
The fire was recorded early Sunday and members of the mosque were able to contain it in time, according to reports. The seven people who were inside were not injured, and the loss caused minor damage to the property, according to authorities.
The person responsible for the fire supposedly left the messages in the parking lot, although the authorities did not disclose their contents.
Members of the Immigration Task Force of North San Diego showed their support to those affected.
“When hatred reaches our communities we must unite and condemn the actions of xenophobic and misguided individuals who believe that the difference of one deserves the destruction of the other,” said said agency through his Facebook account.
For its part, the Council of Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) regretted what happened and called on the community to report any information that may have been made about the cause of the fire.
“It is disturbing enough that a sick individual tries to burn a house of prayer, but referring to the killings in New Zealand is unacceptable,” the group said in a statement.
“While the majority of humanity has responded to the tragedy with solidarity and has refuted hatred, a violent and hateful minority seeks more divisions,” they add.
The Escondido Police asked the community to stay alert in prayer centers and report any action they consider suspicious. So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the attack on the mosque. (EFEUSA)