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Islamic leaders in Michigan urge vigilance after thwarting potential attack

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A leading Michigan civil rights organization is urging Islamic communities to step up their security.

On Tuesday, Michigan State Police arrested a Minnesota man who allegedly threatened to blow up mosques in the Detroit metro.

Police say he also intentionally rammed 11 cars that were allegedly driven by people of color.

He is now imprisoned in Van Buren County.

The incident comes in the middle of Ramadan, a holy time in Islam for fasting and prayer.

Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter executive director Dawud Walid is urging Islamic organizations to review their security procedures.

“We are certainly more suspicious at the time of Ramadan, unfortunately, because we know there are people of bad will who would target our mosques as they are packed with worshipers every night,” Walid said.

Walid adds that it is important to be aware of the mental health of others.

“When we engage in conversation and know each other’s state of well-being, maybe we can intercede and not have incidents like what happened in West Michigan” , did he declare.

The incident comes two months after a 37-year-old man started a fire at a Dearborn mosque and was later killed in a shootout with police.

The FBI is investigating both cases.