Fire at mosque in Edson Saturday night leaves community shaken
The Muslim community in Edson is shaken after someone tried to set fire to a local mosque on the evening of Saturday, June 16, as dozens of people were leaving evening prayers.
Witnesses said they observed a hooded individual approach the south entrance of the mosque around 11 p.m. and set fire to the building.
Jocelyn Pettitt with the Islamic Society of Edson said police and firefighters arrived on scene quickly and were able to prevent extensive damage from occuring.
Pettitt said people were leaving the mosque and many were still in the parking lot when they witnessed the incident.
It happened at a time when Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.
Mosque officials are reviewing security footage with police.
Pettitt called the incident “concerning” to the local community, but said the Town of Edson has been very supportive of the Muslim Community and this was the first incident at the mosque since it first opened its doors in 2003.