Police in Arizona said two unidentified men tossed a bottle filled with acid at a Phoenix area mosque early on Monday, splashing a caustic chemical near a Muslim cleric involved in a high-profile discrimination suit.
A Glendale Police Department spokesman said two men driving in a red car threw a soda bottle filled with acid and a reactant at the Albanian American Islamic Center of Arizona, in Glendale, west of Phoenix, around 1 a.m. (O800 GMT) on Monday.
The bottle, which contained pool cleaner and strips of tin foil, burst some 20-25 feet away from Imam Didmar Faja and another mosque official, although neither man was injured, sergeant Jim Toomey said.
"The bottle ruptured in front of them and they smelled a strong chemical smell when it went off," Toomey said.
"We are treating it as a hate crime. We are taking it very seriously," he added.
Faja is one of six Muslim clerics known as the "Flying Imams" who are bringing a suit against US Airways alleging discrimination after they were removed from a Minneapolis to Phoenix flight last November.
August 09, 2007
Oh, the poor innocent imam
Notice how Reuters frames the politics in the following excerpt so that the reader feels sympathy for the poor Muslim, a victim of an alleged "hate crime". Wait until you read who the Muslim is, which Reuters hesitates to tell you for 6 paragraphs. From Reuters, the Jew-hater's ideal newspaper service:
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