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Authorities investigate threat made against mosque in St. Petersburg

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Federal authorities are investigating a threat made against a mosque in Florida.

Local news agencies report a caller left a threatening phone massage to the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg Friday night, following the terrorist attacks in France.

Hatem Jaber, a volunteer and teacher at the mosque, says he received a voicemail which threatened to “firebomb” the mosque and shoot people in the head. Jaber says the caller also referenced Friday’s attacks in Paris, saying, “This act in France is the last straw.”

Jaber says the mosque canceled prayer following the threat.

St. Petersburg police have added extra patrols around the mosque. The FBI and the Department of Justice are investigating the threat.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for hate crime charges to be leveled against the caller.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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