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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations is asking state and federal law enforcement to investigate a bomb threat at a Lexington mosque as a hate crime.

CAIR says the letter arrived in the mail at Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah on March 4th from Sheffield, England. It was a green index card wrapped in a blank sheet of paper and “An explosive device will be placed at your mosque very soon!” was written on the card according to CAIR.

CAIR’s Georgia chapter have called on leaders of Kentucky mosques to improve their security measures after one mosque received a message threatening “death for you and your kind” from a self-declared “Muslim slayer.” CAIR says three other mosques received identical emails threatening widespread attacks against American Muslims on March 15.

Similar threats have been sent recently to mosques in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Virginia according to CAIR.

The organization says a soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

CAIR says it is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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