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Authorities offer $10,000 reward for mosque arsonist

Representatives of the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Escondido Police Department announce a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a mosque fire three weeks ago. L to R: Lt Lick, Capt. Ed Varso (EPD), Acting SAC Suzanne Turner (FBI), ASAC Ernesto Diaz (ATF.)

The FBI and the ATF are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism and arson of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido, on March 24.

The agencies held a press conference Thursday afternoon, at which time they offered the reward. 

The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Escondido Police Department in California are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for the arson and vandalism of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido, on March 24. 

At about 3:15 a.m., an unknown subject or subjects intentionally set fire to the place of worship (located at 318 West 6th Ave. in Escondido, California) while several individuals were inside. No injuries were sustained as a result of the fire. The exterior of the building sustained damage and the property was defaced. Anyone with information concerning this arson and vandalism investigation should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324.) 

You may also contact your local FBI office, local ATF office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. 

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