Fire at Peterborough mosque deliberately set
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Police have confirmed that a fire at a Peterborough, Ont., mosque was set deliberately.
The office of the Ontario fire marshal investigated the blaze, which was set at about 11 p.m. Saturday.
Kenzu Abdellah, president of the Kawartha Muslim Association, says as far as he knows, the fire was isolated to one corner of the mosque.
He says emergency services were notified by a neighbour who saw smoke from the fire.
Abdellah says he was in shock when he heard, because members of the mosque have had a friendly relationship with the community of Peterborough.
He says that just an hour before the fire started, there was a gathering at the mosque to celebrate a baby.
Police say they don’t yet have any suspects, but their investigation is pending.
They couldn’t say whether the fire had any connection to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, that ISIL is taking credit for.
By The Canadian Press