Mosque in Peterborough deliberately set on fire, police say

Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
November 15, 2015

Just a half hour before their mosque was set ablaze on Saturday, members of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association were in the building celebrating the birth of a baby, said the president of the association, Kenzu Abdella.

Shortly after the party left, a neighbour noticed smoke and called 911.

The fire was set deliberately around 11 p.m., police confirmed Sunday. Abdella said the group left at 10:30 p.m.

. . .

« We call on authorities to investigate this arson as a hate crime so a clear message is sent that these acts have no place in our communities, » Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said in a statement late Sunday.

« This attack is very disturbing. The mosque is regularly attended by families with young children. We are relieved no one was injured as this incident could have been much worse, » Gardee said.

The Peterborough fire department has pegged damages to the mosque at $80,000, though the building’s exterior is relatively unscathed…

Read full article.