Fifteen years ago, on September 15, 2001, the Hindu Samaj Temple on Twenty Road was burned down by three young men who mistook it for a mosque. The attack on the temple took place four days after the 9/11 attacks. On September 15th, 2016, a 34-year-old arsonist (name not released at this time) attempted to set the Ibrahim Jame Mosque at 778 King Street East on fire but failed after residents quickly put it out. Coincidence?
Police say, witnesses saw a man setting a fire at the entrance to the mosque, then running away. Even before the fire department could arrive members of the public had put out the fire and followed the suspect. A Hamilton police press release says that witnesses “alerted the officers to his location.”
On Thursday evening, Hamilton Police were at the Hindu Samaj Temple to premiere a documentary about the effort in the intervening years to make Hamilton a more inclusive city. This could not happen at a better time. -CINEWS