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FBI probes origin of anti-Muslim letter sent to NC mosques

Posted April 24, 2012 10:42 p.m. EDT
Updated April 24, 2012 10:54 p.m. EDT

— The Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine the origin of a threatening letter, filled with racial slurs and insults toward Muslims, that was recently sent to several mosques in North Carolina.

The letter writer says that he or she would have no problem killing Muslims.

The name and address of an Apex woman were placed on the letter, but a lawyer for that woman, whose name was not released, said Tuesday that his client did not write or send it.

The woman had no idea the letter existed until investigators brought it to her attention, the attorney said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the case to be investigated as a hate crime. 

A spokesperson for the FBI said Tuesday that the agency is aware of the letter and that "everything about the letter is not as it appears."

Jibril Hough, director of the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said he wants to know why someone would send such a racially charged letter.

"We don't know the motives, but we're hoping the authorities will help investigate what the motives are," Hough said.