An arsonist threw a Molotov cocktail at a Shi’a mosque in Anderlecht, Belgium today, causing a fire that destroyed the building. The imam of the mosque was killed, and another person was injured. The police have arrested a suspect, who is rumored to be a Sunni Muslim.
In other news, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the sentence of Ahmed Ressam, the would-be bomber of Los Angeles Airport. Mr. Ressam, who was first arrested in 1999, had originally been sentenced to 22 years in prison. The court felt that sentence was too lenient (sentencing guidelines recommend 65 years to life for the crime), and sent the case back to the lower court for re-sentencing.
Meanwhile, the Dean of a university in Tunisia was cornered in his office and beaten by Salafist students, who objected to his refusal to allow students wearing the niqab to attend classes.
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