Foiled bomb plot leads to concerns in local Muslim communities

January 24, 2019 08:34 AM

Local communities are facing new fears following an alleged plot to attack Muslims in New York.

According to the Orleans Hub, some 100 members of a mosque in Waterport are very concerned after police caught four young men in what they say was a plot to bomb Islamberg, located about 40 miles east of Binghamton.


Faith leaders in Orleans County met with law enforcement this week to talk about their worries because they have been targeted before.

In 2010, shots were fired at a prayer house in Waterport and two crosses were burned in the front lawn of their mosque in 2015.

Here's how members described the situation to News10NBC back then.

“This was a different classification of hate,” Bilal Huzair with the World Sufi Foundation told News10NBC after the vandalism four years ago. "The first time was when they shot guns at us, and drove their cars wildly and chased us and hit us, but this crime is a crime against all people who believe in God."

Huzair was saddened to see that the four suspects arrested in Greece were planning such a destructive act.

“This divisiveness has to end,” he said. “We don’t have time for this junk.”


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