Fire Set at Mosque Where Oregon Terror Suspect Worshipped

"It was arson"


Associated Press
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Anger over a Somali-born teen's failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland's Christmas tree lighting ceremony erupted in arson on Sunday when a fire damaged an Islamic center frequented by the suspect, authorities said.

Police don't know who started the blaze or exactly why, but they believe the Islamic center in Corvallis was targeted because terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, occasionally worshipped there.

Yosof Wanly, the imam at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center, said he was advised by friends to take his family out of their home because of the potential threat of hate crime, and members decried the alleged arson attack. No one was injured, and the fire was contained to one room

Office where a fire was set at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Ore. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in Corvallis, Oregon (AP Photo)