Anti-racism advocates fear Edson mosque arson is part of Islamophobia trend

By Hamdi Issaw
StarMetro Edmonton | June 18, 2018

EDMONTON — A fire at a mosque in Edson on Saturday night has Alberta’s Muslim population concerned about rising anti-Islamic sentiments in the province.

On Sunday, Edson RCMP announced it was investigating the incident as an arson.

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The National Council of Canadian Muslims has registered the fire as an “anti-Muslim incident” on its website, which tracks and maps similar incidents across the country. The website recognizes the Edson incident as the 10th in Canada this year, and the fourth in Alberta.

According to the website’s map, anti-Islamic incidents have been on the rise since 2013, when it started keeping track. Last year, the website logged 70 incidents across Canada.

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