Attacks on Islamic Centers in New Zealand, United States, UK Follow Bombings in London

July 9, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

Wire Service: AP

On July 9, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Four mosques were vandalized in northern New Zealand overnight Sunday, leaving windows smashed and walls splashed with graffiti, police said.

They declined to say whether the attacks in Auckland were linked to subway and bus bombings in central London Thursday, which killed at least 49 people and injured 700.

But Prime Minister Helen Clark immediately condemned the attacks, linking them to retaliation for the London terror bombings... In Bloomington, Ind., meanwhile, the FBI was investigating an apparent arson Saturday as a hate crime, officials said. No one was inside the Islamic Center of Bloomington when the fire occurred at about 2 a.m. and damage was confined to the kitchen area, said Nathan Ainslie, president of the Islamic Center.

A burned Quran was found outside, he said.

The East London Mosque, near the site of one of Thursday's attacks, said it had received hate e-mails and a telephone threat to disrupt Friday prayers. A few police officers stood outside during the prayers, which ended peacefully."