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Police investigate white powder incident in Groton


Officials are investigating a white powder incident at the New London Islamic Center in Groton on Friday morning.

The Council of American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is advising all New England mosques to remain on high alert for suspicious packages or letters.

Police in Groton say that at around 8:49 a.m., officers received a call from a resident of the New London Islamic Center, at 16 Fort Street, reporting that an envelope mailed to the property contained suspicious white powder. 

The powder was reviewed at the scene by technicians, and determined to not be a threat. The powder collected and sent to the Connecticut State Laboratory for analysis.The area was reopened by 12:15 p.m.

No one was injured, and the area of exposure was limited. There is no danger to the public as a result of this incident. 

City of Groton detectives tell News 8 that they and FBI agents are investigating this incident as a hate crime against worshippers at the local mosque. If you have any information that could help with the investigation, you’re asked to call Groton police at 860-445-2451.

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