The Atltanta Journal-Constitution reports that a weekend blaze that destroyed the Islamic Center of Savannah was arson.
FBI agents are investigating the fire as a civil rights violation, said Special Agent Steve Crum.
“We do feel it is a hate crime,” said Saad Hammid, a board member of the center. “This will continue until those criminals are put behind bars.”
No one was injured in the blaze early Sunday but a rare, handwritten copy of the Quran was destroyed. Evidence of possible accelerants and other clues point to arson, assistant fire chief Stephen Miller said.