The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 6, 2012

VIDEO: Reward offered for information on mosque fire

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, said his organization also is calling for stepped up police protection for all places of worship, in light of the Joplin mosque fire and the deadly shooting Sunday at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Authorities at this point are calling the fire “suspicious.” A press briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m.

A $15,000 reward was offered last month by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a July 4 fire at the mosque.

The agencies released surveillance video from the fire, which caused minor damage to the roof of the building.

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