A suspected petrol bomb was left in a parked car outside the Thornlie Mosque and Australian Islamic College during the Perth Muslim community’s prayer session earlier this evening.
Emergency services and the WA police were quick to respond and no injuries were reported with worshippers able to resume their prayer session. The car was parked next to racist graffiti sprayed on the wall.
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A post on the Australian Islamic College’s Facebook page by teacher Yahya Adel Ibrahim stated that the community understood that the incident was not representative of the views of the wider Perth population.
“This, undoubtedly is a criminal act of hate, but it is the act of a person or group not the greater whole,” it said.
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“I know the outpouring of support from the community will be overwhelming because Perth has the best, kindest, and most warm-hearted people.”
Worshippers had gathered late after fasting for Taraweeh or evening prayers as the Muslim community is now just eight days out from celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Australian Islamic College is a primary and secondary education provider set up in 1986 by Abdallah Saad Magar and currently has three campuses in Dianella, Thornlie and Kewdale.
Image credit: Yahya Adel Ibrahim
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