Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 17, 2012

Investigation doesn’t yield cause of mosque fire

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Federal authorities haven’t determined the cause of the Aug. 6 fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin’s mosque.

Although a news release issued by the FBI said the cause of the blaze was undetermined, the investigation is continuing.

“We are still actively investigating,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Thursday.

Authorities still consider the fire to be suspicious, although agents did not disclose any details about the fire.

Some Joplin Muslims said they weren’t discouraged about the news.

“As far as I’m concerned, I have full faith in law enforcement,” Ayesha Ahmed said. “It’s going to take some time. We just need to wait and see what comes out of it.”

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Details for this story were provided by The Joplin (Mo.) News.

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