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Thursday, April 27, 2006

"FBI asked to look into Georgia vandalism at Muslim home"

According to the Associated Press:
A national Islamic civil rights group is asking the FBI to investigate vandalism at a Muslim home in suburban Atlanta as a hate crime....

Mohamed and Sania Kamran said someone smashed in the window of their minivan in the driveway and torched it. Firefighters pointed out that someone had painted the message on the wall.

The family called the sheriff's department and filed a report.

Sania Kamran, a native of Pennsylvania whose husband is from Pakistan, said she had been involved in an argument at a local store weeks earlier, during which a woman insulted her for wearing a traditional Muslim outfit.

During another trip to the store, about a week before the vandalism, she said someone traced the word "killers" into dust on her van _ which had a license-plate holder that read "Proud to Be Muslim."

She said she quit wearing obviously Muslim outfits after that incident.

"I'm just afraid," she said. "I have four young children; if someone did something, how would I protect them and protect myself?"

[Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan] Copeland said authorites believe the couple's religion was the motive behind the attack. [Link]

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