Now that their “anti-Muslim hate crime” accusations have gone up in smoke, designated terrorist group CAIR has declined to comment.
Alpha News A 42-year-old Muslim man, Said Murekezi, has been charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, and fifth-degree drug possession. Murekezi admitted to ATF investigators that he started a fire at the Oromo American Tawhid Islamic Center on Wednesday morning.
He said he broke into the center the night before and slept there overnight, “looking for things inside to burn.” He told police that he is Muslim and burned the building “as a form of protest,” according to the charges, because the vacant building could be used by Muslims in the community who are homeless.
Murekezi said it was a good thing he was caught because he had plans to “torch another one.” He claimed that he frequently visits a mosque in St. Paul and another in Mankato where he “robs money from their donation boxes.”
He told investigators that Wednesday’s arson was just “one of many ideas” he had. “When asked, he stated his other ideas are to inspire others to commit acts of terrorism such as going to the Mall of America, and burning a store, and setting off a bomb where there are no people. He stated people may get hurt or killed with these ideas, and that it would be messed up. He stated that he hates terrorism, but he is becoming one (a terrorist),” the charges state.