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Corvallis Mosque Fire

Last Night a fire was set at the Corvallis mosque where the alleged Christmas Tree bomber occasionally worshiped. Fire officials believe it was intentionally set in retaliation to Muslims. It will be interesting to see how Muslims are treated in this quiet university town. I often see residents of Corvallis dressed in burkas and turbans, which I am assuming are traditional Muslim clothing. It's disappointing to read about hate crimes being committed in this progressive town where many of its residents celebarte diversity.

Anger on Sunday over a Somali-born teen's failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland's Christmas tree lighting ceremony apparently erupted in arson on Sunday when a fire damaged an Islamic center that the suspect occasionally attended, authorities said.

Police don't know who started the blaze or exactly why, but they believe the mosque was targeted because terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, occasionally worshipped there.

The fire at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center was reported at 2:15 a.m., and "quite a bit of evidence" at the scene led authorities believe it was set intentionally, said Carla Pusateri, a fire prevention officer for the Corvallis Fire Department. No one was injured in the blaze, which did not damage any worship areas and was contained to one room, said Yosof Wanly, imam at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center. Corvallis Gazette Times Link

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