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On Heels of July 4th Arson Attack, Joplin Islamic Mosque Burned to the Ground In Second Fire

Imam Lahmuddin holds his hands over his face after a fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin, Mo., mosque, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown)

The Islamic Mosque of Joplin has possibly been targeted by arsonists for a second time. There is a Fire investigation going on as we speak. Police previously released video image of the suspect from the first fire (h/t: JSB).

Update: Award is Now Being Offered in Joplin Islamic Mosque Fire

By: Katie Love Updated: August 6, 2012

Update: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may have caused today’s fire.  The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is in touch with the FBI about the case.

The CAIR called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim institutions and other houses of worship nationwide after hearing about the Joplin fire and after yesterday’s deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Washington.

(JOPLIN, MO)– The Islamic Mosque in Joplin is on fire for the second time this summer.

Firefighters were called to the mosque on Black Cat Rd. around 3:30 Monday morning.

When crews arrived, the west side of the building was on fire, but it quickly spread.

The entire mosque has burned to the ground..

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fire marshal has already been called in to investigate.

Mosque leaders say they are stunned by the fire, but are planning to continue their religious observances.

Investigators are holding a press conference later today regarding the fire.

Another fire, which was deemed arson, was reported at the same building July 4th.

Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect, but no arrests have been made.

We will update you as more details become available

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  • Syed

    The rebuild Joplin Mosque campaign has raised 110,000 out of the 250,000 target for rebuilding this mosque on its first day of fundraising. What an amazing response by the American community and a resounding slap for the purveyors of intolerance!

  • khushboo

    Many have already contributed to helping rebuild the mosque, mA! Let’s all do our part. Like Topi said, it will be rebuilt!

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  • American Topi

    No it is Not. Stop generalization.

  • American Topi

    The Masjid will be REBUILT again on same ground . You lost .

  • Hatethehaterz

    Oh and for the record, I condemn all acts of violence and/or vandalism against any house of worship, regardless of religion.

  • Hatethehaterz

    You know at this point Islamophobes don’t really have a leg to stand on when they complain about Muslims burning down churches in other countries. This is of course the number one comment I’ve read under this story on other news media outlets – that this act of terrorism is somehow justified because alleged Muslims halfway around the world allegedly burned down a church.

    I think there have been just as many, if not more Mosques torched, bombed, or vandalized in non-Muslim countries as vice versa. There is no contest if we include all the Mosques destroyed in bomb /artillery/drone strikes by western military forces. And I’m not even including the fact that many western jurisdictions have stopped or attempted to block the construction of Mosques in their locality.

  • broke

    Not a surprise, America is a racist country.

  • corey

    @common sense
    or that muslims did it themselves and claim that this will be exploited to try to shut down the “freedom fighters” and with comments raving about how musliims are to following an evil cult or some shit like that.

  • Crow

    You wont see this on jihadwatch or pam shrugs. You will see it Im sure the scum posters will be gloating over it. When they catch whoever did this they should have to pay for the damages, compensate CAIR for the reward money they put up and

  • Common Sense


    No, you actually may. But they’ll try to make it look like a good thing, or try to justify it.

  • Isa

    You won’t see this on JihadWatch or AtlasShrugs

  • mindy1

    So so wrong, houses of worship should be sacred, no matter the faith 🙁

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