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Second Blaze at Missouri Mosque in 5 Weeks

Common Dreams staff

A mosque in Joplin, Mo. was hit with its second fire within five weeks on Monday, leading to concerns that both blazes were due to arson.

The first fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin, on July 4th, was determined to be arson and damaged the mosque's roof; however the second blaze which took place Monday and destroyed the entire mosque, is still under investigation. No injuries were reported, and no charges have been filed.

The FBI has released a video of a man appearing to set the July 4 fire and is offering a $15,000 reward in that case.

According to the Associated Press, the mosque opened in 2007 and in 2008 an arsonist burned its sign.

Joplin residents are now planning a rally of support for members of the Islamic Society of Joplin, the Joplin Globe reports. The rally is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Landreth Park, Joplin, Mo.

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