Arson attacks are always worrying events. When firebombs are thrown at homes, even when they are only intended to scare people, it is easy for the flames to get out of control and for family members to be trapped and killed. When accelerants are used on many carpets, not only do these ignite quickly, they also give off toxic smoke that kills long before a victim is aware of the fire. Therefore, Sunday night's firebombings in New York City should not only be forcefully condemned. The perpetrators must be brought to justice, and be shown to be prosecuted with the full force of the law, as soon as possible.
Fortunately, no-one was killed in the arson attacks. The first of these took place at a convenience store which is run by Muslims, and caused some damage behind the counter. The second incendiary device was thrown at a private house. The occupants manage to flee but the house itself was severely damaged.
Around 8.44 pm on Sunday night, the mosque of the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation in Jamaica, Queens, was hit by a firebomb. At the time, 80 Shia worshippers were in the building. Imam Maan Al-Sahlani, assistant imam at the mosque, stated: