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Vigil to be held at New Haven mosque Thursday

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold a vigil at the Diyanet Mosque in New Haven on Thursday.

This is in response to a fire that seriously damaged the mosque on Sunday. Police believe the fire was arson.

It’s unclear who set the fire or why, but the organizers of this vigil worry about a growing climate of Islamaphobia in the country. They also say this would not be the first time the Muslim community in Connecticut has come under attack.

Related: Lawmakers announce plan for more security after mosque fire

The fire on Middletown Avenue happened this past Sunday. Flames started on the first floor and rapidly spread upwards. The state Fire Marshal’s office was called in because of the current climate and a string of hate crimes at places of worship around the world.

This is also the month of Ramadan, the holiest time in the muslim calendar.

Governor Ned Lamont has said there is no place in our state or in our nation for religious hatred. There is a total of $12,500 in reward money now being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.

A board member of CAIR CT said the intention of the vigil is for people of all or no faiths to stand against hate.

The vigil will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

News 8 will update this story as more information comes in.

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