Source : Press TV
A man planning to blow up one of the largest Islamic centers in the US has been caught with explosives in his vehicle near the mosque, where a large group of people were gathering.
Roger Stockham, 63, was arrested on January 24 in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America in Michigan while about 700 mourners were gathered inside the mosque attending a funeral, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
Dearborn police Chief Ronald Haddad said that police received a 911 call from a resident.
“I was comfortable with the fact that we had taken him off the street — he isn’t going anywhere,” Haddad said. “I think the society he wanted to impact is safe.”
Stockham, a resident in Southern California, remained jailed Sunday on a USD 500,000 bond. He will appear in a preliminary examination on Friday.
Stockham had a large number of class-C fireworks including M-80s in his vehicle, which are illegal in Michigan, Haddad added.
Though police authorities believe that Stockham was acting alone in the plot against the Detroit mosque, but they still take him “very seriously.”
The incident comes while a report by the Guardian Weekly says that Islamaphobia is on the rise in America.
Anti-Muslim attacks have sufficiently increased since 2001 and an increasing number of Muslims are subjected to hate crimes.
A quarter of all religious discrimination claims has been filed by Muslims since 2001.
Muslim workers filed record number of discrimination claims in 2010, up 60% from the year 2005.
Protests against the mosque and Islamic center planned to be built about two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan is another example of religious intolerance and Islamophobia in the United States.