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Harris County Officials Ask Public For Help In Investigation Of Attempted Arson Of Mosque

The Harris County Fire Marshal Office and the ATF are leading the investigation

Harris County officials asked the public for help Friday to investigate the recent attempted arson of a mosque located in the east part of the county.

Harris County officials asked the public for help Friday to investigate the recent attempted arson of a mosque located in the east part of the county.

During a press conference held at the mosque, which is located in the Cloverleaf area and is part of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen emphasized they need assistance from anybody who could have information about the incident.

“We need leads. There’s limited information coming in at this time, but we’re hoping that with your help, with the media’s help, we could get those phone calls that we desperately need to solve this crime,” Gonzalez underscored.

Gonzalez said that, at this point, it hasn’t been decided whether the attempted arson will be investigated as a hate crime.

M. J. Khan, president of the ISGH, noted that the incident “has brought the community together” and also asked for help from the public.

“We appeal to anyone who has knowledge of this incident, or who was behind this incident, to come forward because we don’t want any of this situation to be repeated again,” Khan said.

The Harris County Fire Marshal Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are the leading agencies in the investigation, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has increased patrolling in the area were the mosque is located.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

General Assignment Reporter

Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all varieties of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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