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Leaders say explosive at Olympia mosque meant to stoke fear

December 3, 2021 GMT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An explosive device was tossed at the Islamic Center of Olympia, an act leaders of the facility was an apparent act of intimidation.

“It seems like it was meant to stoke fear,”Mustafa Mohamedali, social secretary for the Islamic Center of Olympia, told KING5.

The Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said nobody was hurt and there was no damage Nov. 23, but neighbors heard the blast.

The explosion is the latest in a series of assaults on houses of worship in the Puget Sound region, including churches, synagogues, and mosques. In October, someone set fire to the Islamic Center of Tacoma.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office didn’t respond to questions from KING5.