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CT Muslim leaders ask for more police presence after state mosques

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As police search for the people, who fired bullets into a house of worship in Meriden, Muslim community leaders called for more police presence at mosques around the state. 

“We are extremely concerned about these latest developments in our state and about a growing trend of hate crimes against Muslims and mosques around the country. Local law enforcement has a duty to protect residents and to keep houses of worship safe from these attacks,” CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi said in a statement on Thursday.

The comments from Dhaouadi come after several bullet  pierced the Baitful Aman Mosque on Main Street in Meriden, just hours after the Paris attacks. The shots fired at the Mosque came after 129 people were killed in Paris and hundreds of others were injured in the bombings and shootings.

Officials with the CAIR-CT said they are planning to meet with other Muslim leaders and community members “to discuss safety measures and to hear their concerns.” They are also assisting for help from police.

Eyewitness News reached to Connecticut State Police and they said the mosques in Connecticut are in towns that have a police department. State police added they are always on hand to assist. 

Dhaouadi said their mosques are implementing “long-term safety measures” that were used after previous attacks on mosques in America. To get a copy of the booklet, click here.

But the violence in Meriden isn't scaring people of Muslim community

"This violence that occurred to our mosque we will not respond with violence. Violence will just breed violence and we are going to take that higher road,” Salaam Bhatti, spokesperson for the Baitful Aman Mosque, previously told Eyewitness News.

Bhatti said they will use the incident to educate others about Islam.

“It’s not going to make us scared,” Bhatti said. “In fact, it's going to open the doors more and we are going to engage the community more.” 

The Baitful Aman will be open at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. They said it's a chance for people to ask questions and see how they pray. 

Faith leaders will also be at the State Capitol on Friday morning at 11 a.m.   

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