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Perth mosque targeted in petrol bomb attack

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-06-29 10:46

SYDNEY - The Western Australian (WA) police were investigating a racist firebomb attack at a mosque in Perth while hundreds did evening prayers, Perth Now reported on Wednesday.

No one was injured in the attack on Tuesday night, during which a parked car burst into flames outside the mosque.

It is believed petrol or a fire accelerant was used in the blaze.

Anti-Islamic graffiti was also spotted on a wall near the Australian Islamic College, close to the mosque.

Perth Now reported Australian Islamic College Yahya Adel Ibrahim wrote on Facebook that worshippers finished their prayers despite the unfolding chaos outside the mosque.

Ibrahim said the Perth community had been "visited by hate" but "wouldn't start playing blame games and singling out groups of people in our society."

"Despite what just transpired, everyone stayed to finish their prayers, refusing to give in to the terror that had just occurred."

Police were calling for witnesses to come forward.

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