- The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce was set on fire on Monday, September 12
- The surveillance video captured a white or Hispanic person setting the mosque on fire
- The mosque was where Florida nightclub gunman Omar Mateen occasionally worshipped
The mosque in Florida where Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen occasionally worshipped was set on fire. American jihadist Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, reportedly prayed in the same mosque before he blew himself up in Syria on May 25, 2014.
According to an article written by Joe Sutton and Madison Park for CNN, authorities said that the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce was set on fire early Monday, September 12, which is the date of this year’s Eid’l Adha; one of the holiest Muslim holidays.
Eid’l Adha is the tenth day of the month of Hajj or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca wherein Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice and signifies mankind’s obedience to God.
St. Lucie County responded to the blaze around 12:31 a.m. after two drivers called 911 to report flames on the building’s roof. Fortunately, no one was inside when the fire started.
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Major David Thompson disclosed that the surveillance video captured the suspect, a white or Hispanic man riding up to the mosque on a motorcycle.
He said in a statement: “Surveillance footage from cameras on the building revealed that a white or Hispanic male arrived on motorcycle at approximately 11:38 p.m. In the video, it appears he is carrying paper and a bottle of some type of liquid. The male approaches the northeast side of the building and a flash is seen, presumably when the fire ignited. The male is then seen running from the building.”
Furthermore, Davidson admitted that they are thinking that attack is related to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 bombing.
“We all know the implications of the date and the time of year that this is, the 9/11 anniversary. Is that related? I would not want to speculate but certainly that is in the back of our minds,” he said.
The case is now being investigated as arson.