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Police investigate bomb threat at Islamic Center in Butler County

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 17:17:26-05

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Police are investigating after a bomb threat was made at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester Twp., the Journal-News reported Tuesday.

A message was left on the Islamic Center’s answering machine on Saturday, according to Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for West Chester Twp.

The center did not receive the message until Monday, when it was immediately reported to police.

Police are now investigating the threat, according to Wilson.

"ICGC is concerned, but we will not be intimidated," Islamic Center president Shakila Ahmad said in a news release. "We ask Greater Cincinnati to stand alongside us in pursuing a community that welcomes love, kindness and compassion as our Quran teaches. When you hear racist comments, firmly declare that's not acceptable in Greater Cincinnati. When you learn of hateful threats, urge others to report the perpetrators to police."

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The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati opened in 1995 on 18 highly-visible acres between Interstate 75’s Cincinnati-Dayton Road and Tylersville Road exits.

The center has served the local Muslim community by providing a place to worship and learn, as well as serving as a gathering place for families and the community. It also hosts tours for the community and local school groups.

"Muslim Americans are committed to the diversity of faith and cultures that has made America a proud example for the rest of the world," Ahmad said. "This bomb threat only serves to strengthen our resolve to stand in solidarity with our community partners in defense and support of our vulnerable populations and our mutual rights as Americans."

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