The Latest: Group wants inquiry into threats against Muslims

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) " The Latest on a threat of violence against Muslims in Maine (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

A civil rights group that advocates for the interests of Muslims is calling on authorities to look into written threats against the Islamic community in Maine.

Typewritten notes urging violence against Muslims were discovered at an apartment complex in Westbrook on Wednesday. Police say they are investigating the threats as a hate crime, but they don't see evidence of any immediate threat.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says local, state and federal authorities should seek to bring the perpetrator to justice.

The threats came two days after federal court documents unsealed in Portland revealed that former Maine resident Adnan Fazeli was fighting for the Islamic State group when he was killed last year in Lebanon.

He was an Iranian who came to Maine as a refugee in 2009.


12:15 a.m.

Notes urging violence against Muslims discovered at an apartment complex in Maine are being investigated as a hate crime.

An Iraqi man went to Westbrook police Wednesday and told officers he had found a piece of paper that said "All Muslims are Terrorists should be Killed."

Police responded and found a second note, and were told two additional notes had been discovered by Iraqis living there.

Authorities say they don't know if the threats are related to recent reports that 38-year-old Adnan Fazeli, an Iranian who came to Maine as a refugee in 2009, was fighting for the Islamic State group when he was killed in Lebanon last year. Fazeli had lived in the Westbrook complex at one time.

The department has set up a meeting Thursday evening with Iraqi community members to address their concerns.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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