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USA: Muslim group CAIR's HQ evacuated after suspicious powder found in hate mail00:37

USA: Muslim group CAIR's HQ evacuated after suspicious powder found in hate mail

United States, Washington D.C.
December 11, 2015 at 15:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police evacuated the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Thursday, after a letter was discovered to contain a suspicious white powder and a note that reportedly read: "Die a painful death, Muslims."

Police locked down the area around the office while emergency personnel in hazmat protection investigated the office. No injures have been reported.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper announced through the group's social media accounts that "preliminary field tests indicate the substance is not dangerous," adding that the "letter is now in the hands of the FBI for more extensive tests and investigation."

At least one other branch of CAIR has also been evacuated after a simliar piece of hate mail was discovered in the CAIR branch office in the Bay Area city of Santa Clara in California shortly after the incident in D.C.

CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group in the US.

USA: Muslim group CAIR's HQ evacuated after suspicious powder found in hate mail00:37
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Police evacuated the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Thursday, after a letter was discovered to contain a suspicious white powder and a note that reportedly read: "Die a painful death, Muslims."

Police locked down the area around the office while emergency personnel in hazmat protection investigated the office. No injures have been reported.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper announced through the group's social media accounts that "preliminary field tests indicate the substance is not dangerous," adding that the "letter is now in the hands of the FBI for more extensive tests and investigation."

At least one other branch of CAIR has also been evacuated after a simliar piece of hate mail was discovered in the CAIR branch office in the Bay Area city of Santa Clara in California shortly after the incident in D.C.

CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group in the US.