[Michigan, Feb. 12, 2022]: The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) condemns the attack that targeted the Al-Huda Islamic Association.
Al Huda Mosque in Dearborn is located at the Dearborn-Detroit border. The arson attack took place on Saturday, Feb 12, 2022 around 1:18 a.m.
When confronted by law enforcement, the attacker who was armed and wearing body armor started shooting at them. The suspect was shot dead. The incident is pending further investigation by the Detroit, Dearborn and the state police agencies.
The attack on Al Huda mosque is one of many that took place in different cities targeting faith based institutions and centers across the nations. Lately, many Jewish and black American institutions were targeted amidst a rise of acts of hate and domestic acts of terror.
Recently, AHRC issued and published security advisories to all faith-based institutions in Michigan and across the nation urging all to practice extreme caution and to enhance their security. Also, AHRC reminds all of the importance of Active Shooter Training, which all law enforcement agencies are ready to provide.
AHRC reaffirms that the threat against faith- based centers, academic institutions and even businesses is real. Both the DHS & the FBI issued several public alerts about this danger. No entity can be immune. AHRC renews its call to all centers and their leaders not to take security lightly. This is our common responsibility as people and law enforcement agencies at all levels.
AHRC commends the swift action taken by Dearborn Police, Detroit Police and the Michigan State Police.
“This kind of violence we saw at al Huda reinforces the reality that we have a domestic terrorism/ violence problem,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “The response of the police and the fire department is testament to the heroism and dedication of our law enforcement and fire fighters who put their lives on the line for us, every day, and “concluded Hamad.
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