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Suspicious powder prompts CAIR evacuation

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 01:02

Police evacuated the Capitol Hill office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations after a foreign substance was received in the mail. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations said on Thursday its Capitol Hill office was evacuated by police after a foreign substance was received in the mail. The office received an envelope containing a note that read, "Die a painful death, Muslims," and a white powder, according to CAIR staff attorney Maha Sayed. Initial tests on the substance show the powder was not hazardous, according to Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman. About three employees came into contact with the powder and were quarantined in the building while police and firemen arrived on the scene to investigate, said Hooper, adding that the rest of the office staff waited outside on the sidewalk. "The number of threats have gone up tremendously particularly since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino killings, and the Donald Trump statements," said Hooper. The incident came days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a call to prevent Muslims from entering the United States until the government could set up better screening for those seeking to enter the country.

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Suspicious powder prompts CAIR evacuation

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 01:02