Maine: Muslim teen sets off chemical bomb near mosque -- nothing to see here
Islamic leaders told police that the explosion was just a 13-year-old "experimenting." What was the kid trying to do? "Teenager responsible for chemical bomb near Islamic Society of Portland," by Helen Dailey for WCSH6.com, September 22(thanks to Joe):PORTLAND, ME (NEWS CENTER) -- Police say there were no injuries or damage caused by a chemical bomb that went off in a parking lot near the Islamic Society of Portland.
The bomb went off in the lot between the Islamic Society and Back Bay Grill around 8:00 PM Tuesday night. Portland Police say Islamic elders came forward to tell them that a 13 year old from the Society was experimenting and was responsible for the bomb. Another bomb was also found undetinated [sic].... Police say it's unclear if charges will be filed against the teenagers.Just a young Muslim at a mosque experimenting with a bomb. In Maine. What's to be concerned about? It isn't as if mosques have ever been centers of violence elsewhere, right?
The linked article states multiple teenagers were involved.
- Interesting detail not mentioned in the above report. . .the Islamic Society of Portland is run by the local High School science teacher. Details below.
Quote from the article:
"Police say it's unclear if charges will be filed against the teenagers.
Teens Face FELONY CHARGES In Incidents (April 28, 2010)
WINDHAM, Maine -- Windham police say a total of 13 chemical bombs went off in town Tuesday that resulted in two juveniles and an adult being charged with six counts each of criminal use of explosives, a Class C felony. No one was injured in the afternoon incidents.
". . .Abdullahi Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Portland Ahmed, a science teacher at Deering High School who lives in Westbrook, came dressed in a business suit and a paisley tie. He is working on his doctorate at the University of Maine. He and his wife, a nurse, have four children.
". . .bomb that went off in a parking lot near the Islamic Society of Portland.
So this 'experiment' was conducted at a mosque headed by the local high school science teacher. Wonder what lessons he conducts at the Islamic Society of Porland. . .given: