NCCM expresses concern about bomb threat at Vancouver mosque

-For Immediate Release-

(Ottawa – December 31, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today expressed concern regarding the recent bomb threat at a Vancouver area mosque as reported in the media. According to the report the threat came into the mosque from an unknown caller around 6 PM local time yesterday.

In a statement released today NCCM stated:

« While we are relieved that the bomb threat at the mosque in Vancouver turned out to be a hoax, it is still troubling and something that the community takes very seriously, » says Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM Executive Director.

« We urge community leaders and congregants to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the authorities and to NCCM so that a clear record of these incidents can be kept.  We also advise them to review NCCM’s Community Safety Kit to ensure that they are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of their institutions and members. »

« NCCM does not believe that such incidents represent the sentiments of the vast majority of our fellow Canadians who join us in condemning this regrettable act. »

NCCM is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots organization enriching Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.

CONTACT: Ihsaan Gardee,  Executive Director, 613.254.9704; 613.853.4111

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