Murfreesboro Mosque Receives Bomb Threat 5 Days Before 9/11
By Chris Cannon
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - When the Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro checked phone messages Tuesday afternoon, he discovered a phone message that has prompted a federal investigation.
"Well, you can't control everyone and people have different views, obviously," said Imam Ossama Bahloul.
The call came into the mosque's answering machine on Labor Day. Bahloul immediately called Murfreesboro Police after hearing the message.
An officer went to the mosque on Tuesday afternoon to start an investigation into the call.
"Someone had left a voice message threatening to place a bomb inside the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on September 11th," explained Kyle Evans from the Murfreesboro Police Department.
The police report also stated the message contained extreme profanity and derogatory comments towards the Islamic community.
This is just the latest threat against the Islamic Center. Last year, after plans for a new mosque were made public, someone set fire to construction equipment at the site.
The latest threat came just a few days before the nation marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. That fact has everyone taking the phone message very seriously.
"We don't want to overreact, either, but we will be cautious," the Imam explained.
Murfreesboro Police will step up their presence near the mosque this coming weekend.
"There will be a visible increase in patrol presence, you'll see marked units patrolling the area, heavily, over the next several days, through September 11th," Evans said.
Police will also have an undercover presence near the mosque on September 11th to try to prevent any violence.
The investigation continues into the phone message left at the mosque. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security have also opened are also looking into who may have made that phone call.