FBI pursuing investigation of Joplin mosque fire

| August 6, 2012

JOPLIN, Mo. — The FBI has around 30 agents investigating the fire, said FBI special agent in charge Michael Kaste, with the Kansas City FBI office.

He said it continued to be characterized as “suspicious” until a cause was determined. He said the investigation was in its preliminary stage.

“If this fire is determined to be deliberate in nature it will be investigated to the fullest extent possible,” Kaste said. “Any act of violence to a house of worship is taken very seriously by law enforcement and threatens the very core of the safety and security that our communities enjoy.”

He said if it’s determined that the fire was deliberately set, the $15,000 reward offered for an arrest in the July 4 fire would be extended to cover Monday’s fire.

Kaste wouldn’t say if any footage was salvaged from surveillance cameras at the mosque on Monday, as it was after the July 4 fire.



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