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Saracen21stC posted a topic in News RoomFire at Rohingya Muslims refugee camp in Thailand kills 42 Fresh clashes between extremist Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar erupted late on March 20, 2013. Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:23AM GMT A blaze at a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in northern Thailand leaves at least 42 people dead and dozens injured, the provincial governor says. "The latest death toll we can confirm through military walkie-talkies is 42," Mae Hong Son provincial governor Narumol Paravat told AFP on Saturday. The official added that the death toll from Friday’s fire was likely to increase further as rescue workers are searching the area. Hundreds of Myanmar’s Muslim residents have fled their homes following the eruption of fresh clashes between extremist Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Meiktila, located some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the capital city of Naypyidaw. At least 20 people have lost their lives in clashes late on Wednesday after extremist Buddhists set fire to several Masjids in the city. Following three days of deadly unrest, Myanmar President Thein Sein on Friday announced a state of emergency in the town of Meiktila. Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and labels the minority of about 800,000 as “illegal” immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. SF/MA Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/23/294849/42-rohingya-muslims-die-in-fire/
Saracen21stC posted a topic in News RoomJoplin Masjid razed in fire; 2nd blaze this summer Associated Press View Gallery A Carl Junction, Mo., firefighter works to extinguish the smoldering remains of the Islamic Society of Joplin Masjid, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown) MANDATORY CREDIT JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Masjid in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, officials said. The fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff's department said the building was a total loss. No injuries were reported and no charges have been filed. Imam Lahmuddin, who leads the Masjid and was in the building until late Sunday, said he was "sad and shocked" about the fire. "I'm still in front of the building looking at the damage and nothing can be saved," Lahmuddin said in a telephone interview Monday. "But since we are people of faith we just can remember that this is a thing that happened because God let it happen, and we have to be patient, particularly in the month of Ramadan, control our emotions, our anger." A blaze at the same building July 4 caused minor damage and was determined arson. No arrests were made and the FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in that fire. The agency released video footage of what appeared to be a man starting the July blaze that did not cause extensive damage. Sharon Rhine, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said the center's security cameras were burned in the Monday fire. The FBI is investigating the cause of the latest fire and whether or not it was also the result of arson, said agency spokeswoman Bridgett Patton. A Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization meanwhile called for more police protection at Masjids and other houses of worship following the Joplin fire and a deadly attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The Council on American-Islamic Relations also offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever started the Masjid fire. About 50 families belong to the Islamic Society of Joplin, which opened in 2007 as a Masjid and community center. The FBI led an investigation in 2008 when the Masjid's sign was torched. That crime also remained unsolved. Lahmuddin, who has lived in Joplin for about four years, said several people were at the center late Sunday. He said despite the attacks, the center's members have good relationships with residents and other churches. He said many are doctors at area hospitals. On Sunday, a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. The imam said it was a cause of great concern that both faiths had seemingly come under attack. "I heard that yesterday, and this morning we see this happen in our place," he said. "We are more fortunate that no one here got hurt in this incident." Source: http://news.yahoo.co...-160342127.html