Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ohio Mosque Attacked

Here is an article about something that happened in Dayton, Ohio yesterday. I lived there with my boyfriend's family for a summer, so I was dismayed to find that this had occurred (and more so to find that it was not really being reported on except locally).

Saturday, September 27, 2008 DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors.

"I would stay outside for a minute, then go back in, there were a lot of kids," Njie said. "My throat is still itchy, I need to get some milk."

Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m.

Someone "sprayed an irritant into the mosque," Dayton fire District Chief Vince Wiley said, noting that fire investigators believe it was a hand-held spray can.

According to fire dispatch communications, a child reported seeing two men with a white can spraying something into a window. That child was brought to the supervising firefighter at the scene.

Wiley would not discuss that report, but said the investigation has been turned over to police. Police were not commenting.

The 300 or so inside were celebrating the last 10 days of Ramadan with dinner and a prayer session, but the prayer session was interrupted so those suffering from tearing, coughing and shortness of breath could receive treatment.

It would probably mean a lot if the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton got some support right now, since the media is ignoring this terrorist attack on Americans by Americans. I don't want ISGD to get the idea that other Americans think it's okay to gas 300 people as long as they happen to be Muslim.

Their contact info is:
26 Josie Street,
Dayton, OH 45403
Tel: (937) 228-1503

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