Florida – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) welcomed the arrest of Bernandino Bolatete, who allegedly told an undercover officer that he planned to climb up the tower of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and open fire on its congregants.
In a statement, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz said: Violence and hate crimes against Muslims in Florida are real. Two mosques were targeted with arson in less than six months. Bolatete is an anti-Muslim extremist who was allegedly preparing to massacre innocent Muslims at an American center of worship in what could be construed as an act of terrorism. This should concern not only Muslims but all Florida residents regardless of faith.
CAIR-Florida continues to work closely with our community to keep them safe by providing security training sessions in mosques and other locations throughout the state, Ruiz concluded.
CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Source: International Islamic News Agency