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  • Islamic News and Information Network
    Nov 30, 2001
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      PRESS RELEASE

      ISNA Headquarters Receives Threat

      Friday, November 30, 2001

      Plainfield, IN. Indiana State Police laboratory is testing a threatening
      letter for anthrax and other harmful contaminants that was received at the
      headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on November
      28, 2001.

      The letter contained threats and ended with the warning, "Your next breath
      may have spores," said ISNA secretary general Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed.

      The secretary general's executive secretary who opened the letter placed
      it in a sealed plastic bag, along with the envelope which bore no return
      address--and the letter opener she used, before contacting the FBI.
      Consequently, a local fire department officer collected the letter from
      ISNA.

      Clifford Ong, director of the Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security
      Council, said a state health lab should be able to determine in about 36
      hours whether the letter contained anthrax.

      Dr. Syeed said that ISNA has been receiving calls and e-mails of support
      and comfort from the local community as well as religious and civic
      leaders. He said that ISNA deeply appreciates such gestures of goodwill
      and neighborliness in these trying times.

      The secretary general has advised all Muslim organizations to be vigilant
      about their security and report any suspicious activity to the law
      enforcement agencies such as FBI.

      Resource Contacts:
      Mohamed A. Elsanousi: (317) 839-1832
      Islamic Society of North America
      P.O.Box 38
      Plainfield IN 46168

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