Suspected arson attack on California mosque

A police officer stands watch at the Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah-Amer mosque where shooting suspect Syed Rizwan Farook was seen two to three times a week, California December 4, 2015.(File photo: AP)

Authorities in California have launched a probe after a fire broke out on Friday at a mosque in California, officials said.

A spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department told AFP that firefighters had rushed to the Islamic Society of Palm Springs shortly after smoke and flames were seen coming out of the building at around noon.

No injuries were reported and firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within a half hour.

Officials at the mosque could not immediately be reached for comment but they were quoted by local media as saying someone “fire-bombed” the building.

The incident comes more than a week after a Muslim couple in San Bernardino, about an hour from Palm Springs, killed 14 people and injured 22 in an assault that is being investigated by the FBI as a terror attack.

The rampage has raised fears of a backlash against the Muslim community in the U.S.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47