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September 30, 2006 - 5:56PM



A Perth woman worshipping at a Masjid has described the terror of feeling a bullet whizz past her ear in a drive-by shooting.


Ahdielah Edries, 38, was on the second storey of the Mirrabooka Masjid, north of Perth, last night when an unknown gunman fired a shot through the window about 8.45pm yesterday.


"We were in the middle of praying ... I was in front of the window. I heard what seemed like a massive explosion and felt something go past my ear,'' Ms Edries said.


She said the bullet sounded like a jet and missed her left ear by about five centimetres and slammed into a wall.


"If I stood a little bit to the left I would be dead,'' she said.


"I am so grateful nobody died.''


Following the blast the gunman fled the scene in a green Jeep Cherokee four-wheel drive parked across the road. Nobody was injured in the incident.


In the wake of the shooting there was bedlam in the Masjid, Ms Edries said.


"Kids were screaming, mothers were running. People wanted to protect their children,'' she said.


Ms Edries, president of the Islamic Council of Western Australia, said at least 100 women and children were on the second floor of the packed Masjid, praying during the holy month of Ramadan.


There were about 300 men worshipping on the ground floor, she said.

She said the Masjid had been vandalised and robbed in the past, and she hoped the shooting was a one-off.


"At this stage we don't know. We hope it is just a stupid person. It was a callous act,'' she said.


Ameer Ali, who heads the government's Islamic advisory committee, said that while this was the first shooting in an Australian Masjid, others had been ransacked and worshippers' cars had been vandalised.


He suggested an ongoing debate on the threat of radical Islam was encouraging violence and intimidation against Muslims.


"This is a criminal act, but my question is: where do the criminals get the courage to do this?'' Mr Ali said.


"It comes from what our leaders say in public, so I think our leaders share some responsibility for these acts.''


Mr Ali, head of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, declined to identify the leaders whose comments he thought might encourage such attacks.


Officers from the WA police ballistic team are investigating.



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1 failed drive by on a Masjid... compared to.......


how many muslim attacks on churches in Arabia, Asia, North Africa?

makes no difference, c'mon now..you know better..ttwo wrongs don't make right...hate crimes are never rationalized....etc.


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