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FBI announces reward for information on Escondido mosque arson suspect

Posted: 2:18 PM, Apr 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-11 20:41:29-04
Escondido mosque possible arson

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Authorities are offering a large reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect accused in an arson attack on a mosque in Escondido.

The FBI announced the $10,000 reward at a news conference Thursday.

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as local authorities are investigating the incident.

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The arson happened at the Islamic Center of Escondido on West 6th Avenue around 3 a.m. on March 24.

A handful of worshipers were inside at the time and were able to extinguish the flames before any significant damage was done.

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When police arrived, they found a message in graffiti referencing the shootings at mosques in New Zealand.