US: Note on New Zealand attacks found after fire at South California mosque

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 25, 2019, 09.44 AM(IST)

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The fire is being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime. No one was hurt in the incident. 

A note referencing the recent New Zealand attacks was found after a fire at a mosque in Southern Califonia, the news agency AP reported on Monday.   

Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to put out the small fire, officials said.

The incident was being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime, police said. 

Local media quoted the police as saying there were seven people inside the mosque when the fire started. 

"There are people who sleep there overnight," AP quoted member Yusef Miller as saying. 

"They heard the sounds, they smelled some funny smells, and there was a letter saying something connecting to New Zealand at the same time. So, this made everybody especially on edge," he added. 

On March 15, a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist had walked up to the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand and started shooting with automatic rifles. 

He then drove away, walked up to a second mosque nearby and started shooting again. 

By the time the carnage had ended, 50 people were dead. The youngest of the terrorist's victims was three years old. 

Since the attacks, New Zealand has banned all automatic and semi-automatic rifles, parts that convert guns into automatic or semi-automatic rifles, and high-capacity magazines. 

"We won't stop praying," AP quoted Miller as saying in Southern California. "We won't stop gathering."