THE National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) on Sunday condemned in the strongest terms the brazen arson attack on the Edson mosque in Alberta late on Saturday evening.
“Given that people were praying evening prayers shortly before the fire was lit, we cannot help but remember the Quebec mosque shooting,” said Adil Hasan, Vice President of Civic Engagement. “While we are thankful that there were no injuries or loss of life, the Muslim community in Alberta is shaken and appalled by this arson attack. We expect a full investigation from the RCMP to bring the perpetrator of this heinous attack to justice. Finally, we call on the federal, provincial government to do more to counter Islamophobia and racism”.
Jocelyn Pettitt of the Edison AB Community Watch said on Facebook: “The Muslim community is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident which was caught on tape by the mosque security cameras. We are very thankful that the fire department responded so quickly and that the fire did not cause more damage.”
She added: “Although we are gravely concerned about this attack on the mosque while Muslims were present, we know this is an isolated incident and does not reflect upon the community in Edson. The Town of Edson is very supportive of the Muslim Community and this is the first attack on the mosque since we opened our doors 2013. The Muslim community feel very safe with its neighbours and the Town of Edson and understand that this incident is does not reflect the views of majority of our fellow Edson residents and neighbours.”
Edson RCMP on Sunday said they were investigating the arson.
They said they were seeking the public’s assistance to assist with identifying the culprit(s) responsible for the damage. If you have any information regarding this crime, contact the Edson RCMP complaint line at 780-723-8800 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.