During this holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, a series of frightening events has shaken worshipers at a NC mosque.
Now police believe they know who was behind it. A US Army Reserve major reportedly made several different threats, aimed at a Islamic center in Raeford, North Carolina.
The Hoke County Sheriff ‘s office says Russell Langford had firearms, ammunition and other weapons in his Chevy Tahoe when they arrested him- and he’d apparently threatened to open fire at the mosque.
At about 4:30 pm Thursday, employees at the Masjid Al Madina found two bags of bacon in front of the mosque – a sign of disrespect- as Muslims are prohibited from eating pork.
Langford allegedly returned later, threatening to blow up the mosque while flashing his gun. Police say he also followed a man home as he was leaving afternoon prayers.
At about 8pm, Langford came back and tried to run a group of people over as they were going into the building for prayer services, the Imam said.
Ibrahim Hooper, of the Washington-D.C. Council on American-Islamic Relations said, “We call on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”