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by Islam Online
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2001 at 12:52 PM
In an apparent "revenge" attack for the attacks in New York and Washington, a 29-year-old man rammed his car into a Parma, Ohio, mosque early Monday morning, causing $100,000 damage and sending himself to the hospital.
CHICAGO, Sept 17 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) - In an apparent "revenge" attack for the attacks in New York and Washington, a 29-year-old man rammed his car into a Parma, Ohio, mosque early Monday morning.
NewChannel5 reports that Eric Richley, of Middleburg Heights, drove his car right up the steps, through the front door and landed on the top of a fountain inside the Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland at 12:30 a.m.
Police say Richley was driving his car at 80 mph and was taken to a hospital.
A spokesman for the Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland said that the mosque suffered more than $100,000 in damages as a result of the accident.
He said the mosque had received numerous bomb threats since Tuesday's attacks and had added extra security. Police, however, say that there was no way to prevent the "accident".
Haider Alwan, of the Council of Elders of the Islamic Center, said: "They're crazy because we're Arab Americans… [I was] born here, served my country, got my kids, grandkids, all American. We're as sad about insanity as anyone else, maybe more."
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