Friday, June 23, 2017

Portland police increasing patrols after letter threatens city Muslims

PORTLAND, Maine — City police are increasing security around Muslim gathering places during the final days of Ramadan after The Islamic Society of Portland received a threatening letter this week. Portland police Lt. Robert Martin issued a news release Friday morning saying the department is working with the U.S. Postal Inspectors and Maine Attorney General’s Office on the case and added that the letter “may have originated overseas.” “We have been meeting together with leaders on a regular basis and are providing additional patrols around mosques and other Muslim gathering places during Ramadan,” Martin wrote, in part. “We will continue to provide this support to the Muslim community in hopes of instilling a sense of security and to deter further threats. This type of conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community.” Eid el-Fitr, the Islamic holiday which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, will begin at sunset Saturday and continue for three days.

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