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Letter left at Ames mosque had anti-Muslim threats

Letter left at Ames mosque had anti-Muslim threats

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a letter left at an Ames mosque that contained anti-Muslim messages and threats, Ames Police Department spokesman Jason Tuttle said Friday.

Officers responded about 4 p.m. Thursday to a report that the note had been left on the door of Darul Arqum Islamic Center in Ames, Tuttle said. Police have since begun working with leaders at the mosque to provide extra patrol.

Scrawled on the envelope was an anti-Muslim slur. Inside were three short notes, including a vague threat to the Muslim population.

Leaders at the mosque didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment Friday.

Tuttle says there doesn’t appear to be any immediate threat to the mosque, but that the nature of the comments has prompted additional precautions.

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