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Muslim advocacy office in U.S. evacuated over threat

The headquarters of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington DC was promptly evacuated by police after reports that the Muslim advocacy group received “foreign substance” in a delivered mail.

“The organisation did not have information on who could be behind the incident.” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman of CAIR said.

“We receive a lot of threats on daily basis,” said Hooper. “This is just another kind.”

“Preliminary field tests indicated the substance was not dangerous”; that much information was revealed when the organisation made a statement through its social media account.

“The letter is now in the hands of the FBI for more extensive test,” the statement said.

Civil rights staff attorney of CAIR, Maha Sayed said on the organisation’s Facebook that despite being accustomed to the threats, it was frightening to experience “the hate manifest itself to such a real level”.

“This will not deter us from continuing to protect the civil rights and liberties of all Americans,” she said.

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