The Connecticut chapter of designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible hate crime motive for a fire set at a New Haven mosque. The Hamas-linked group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Another $2,500 reward is also being offered by the state.
WTNH A fire at a mosque in New Haven might have been intentionally set, according to board members at the Diyanet Mosque. The flames started on the first floor and rapidly spread upwards Sunday afternoon at the mosque on Middletown Avenue.
Connecticut State Police and the State’s Fire Marshal were called in to investigate the fire due to the current cultural climate and recent hate crimes at houses of worship nationwide. Monday, arson reward signs were stapled to the entrance of the mosque and around Middletown Avenue.
Far Leftist Governor Ned Lamont visited the mosque Monday and released the following statement:
“A hate-fueled attack on a religious institution is disgusting and appalling. There is no place for it in our state or our nation. We will work with our local counterparts in New Haven to assist in the investigation and ensure those responsible are held accountable.”
This is also the month of Ramadan. Worshipers said that makes this arson all the more difficult to cope with. Worshipers say it took five to six years to raise the money needed to build the mosque. Construction on the building was not yet completed.