Worshippers found the burning 4WD after hearing a loud bang. Anti-Islam graffiti was sprayed on the mosque’s walls. Photo / AP
A suspected petrol bomb exploded outside a crowded Perth mosque last
night in what has been called a deliberate “criminal act of hate”.
explosion happened outside the Thornlie Mosque near the Australian
Islamic College while hundreds of people were inside worshipping.
When they rushed outside they found a 4WD on fire and that anti-Islamic slogans had been sprayed on the mosque walls.
Worshippers reported hearing a loud bang at about 8pm last night, the West Australian reported.
Adel Ibrahim, from the mosque, wrote on Facebook that “a suspected
petrol bomb” was to blame and “hate fuelled graffiti put on the wall”.
our community won’t start hating and playing blame games and singling
out groups of people in our society. This, undoubtedly is a criminal act
of hate, but it is the act of a person or group not the greater whole,”
Mr Ibrahim said.
“I know the outpouring of support from the
community will be overwhelming because Perth has the best, kindest, and
most warm-hearted people.”
He thanked police and firefighters for the way they responded to the attack.