More on Murfreesboro Mosque Fire

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters from across Tennessee and the nation have rallied around a suburban Nashville Islamic center where a fire was the latest setback for a planned new building.
Camie Ayash, spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, told The Associated Press on Sunday that since the fire that damaged construction equipment early Saturday, people have called from all over the United States to voice their support.
A spokesman for federal arson investigators would say only that the fire remained under investigation.
Ayash says authorities told the center four pieces of heavy construction equipment on the site were doused with an accelerant and one was set ablaze.
Across the country, American Muslim leaders say the furor over the building of a mosque near ground zero has emboldened opposition groups to resist new mosques.

The Daily News Journal, meanwhile, reports someone fired shots near the mosque on Sunday.
A group of congregation members were at the site looking at the damage done to construction equipment over the weekend when they heard nine shots fired from two directions.
Around 3:15, they reported hearing six shots coming from one direction, and about three minutes later they heard three more shots from another direction, said Saleh Sbenaty, a congregation member and MTSU professor.
He wasn’t sure if the shots were being fired at the Muslim group, but in the aftermath of the weekend vandalism, he said they felt it necessary to report.

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