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Victoria Mosque That Was Intentionally Burned Reopens

More than 20,000 donors contributed about 1.1 million dollars to rebuild it

Victoria Islamic Center.
This is how the Victoria Islamic Center looks after it was rebuilt.

A mosque in Victoria that was destroyed in an intentional fire early last year has reopened thanks to support from around the world and more than $1 million in donations.

The Victoria Islamic Center held an open house over the weekend with ceremonies and tours of the rebuilt structure.

Hundreds of people attended the gathering to celebrate.

This summer, a federal jury convicted a man of arson, explosives and hate crimes in a case that could lead to a 40-year prison term.

Officials say more than 20,000 donors contributed about 1.1 million dollars through an online campaign to rebuild the mosque.

Worshippers were allowed back into portions of the complex in August.

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