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CAIR Georgia Calls For Security Increase After Threats

Mar 6, 2017

The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) has called on leaders of Georgia’s mosques to improve their security measures.

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Last month, three mosques in and around metro Atlanta received identical emails from a self-described "Muslim slayer" threatening widespread attacks against Muslims in the area on March 15. Other mosques around the U.S. have received similar threats.

“I mean, if you’ve ever been to a mosque, you’ll see that it’s a big, wide open space. We pray faced in one direction. It’s a very vulnerable position to be in,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR-Georgia's executive director.

Mitchell says law enforcement officials have urged mosques to hire licensed, armed security guards, especially for large events. The FBI is currently investigating these threats. 

CAIR-Georgia issued its statement on Sunday,  shortly after a mosque in Lawrenceville received a hand-written letter that included the message "Death is waiting for you and your kind."

Two metro Atlanta mosques also received threatening emails in February, the statement said. Officials say mosques in other states received similar threats.

CAIR-Georgia advises mosque leaders to work with local authorities and to add security cameras and security officers.

-- WABE reporter Adhiti Bandamudi contributed to this report.