Fire set on the site of a future mosque in Crimea

19 November 2013 12:02
Simferopol (QHA) - A trailer located on the construction site of a mosque in the village of Levadki of Simferopol district was set on fire, informs press service of the Committee of Muslims of Crimea according to head of Muslim religious community “Temel” Ayder Suleymanov. “At three o’clock in the morning I got a call from a woman who lives near the mosque construction site and informed about fire in the trailer. We immediately called the police and firefighters. At the site we found that the lock to the trailer was broken. In the trailer the construction workers usually kept their clothes and instruments. At the time of fire, nobody was there,” told Suleymanov. “There was nothing in the trailer that could cause fire; the electricity was not connected to the trailer and there were no flammable materials in there”. Local residents believe the fire was set deliberately. Law enforces are conducting investigation. The ultimate cause of fire has not been established. Representative of the Crimean Tatar national movement Zair Smedlyaev believes this is another provocation to the Crimean Tatars and their religious places: “This is another attempt to destabilize the situation in Crimea. This is another link in the chain of arson attacks committed in Crimea recently. And such provocations will only increase with the approach of the Vilnius summit. And on top of that, the Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilev went on vacation. I see this as: “While I am gone, do whatever you want guys”. Smedlyaev also emphasized that none of the provocations done to the Crimean Tatars were solved: “So far, none of the cases were opened; neither organizers nor performers were found and punished.” As reported, on the eve of the Muslim holiday Kurban Bayram, two mosques in Crimea were set on fire. On October 13, Central mosque of Saki was fired. On October 15, mosque in Rovnoye settlement of Krasnogvardeyskiy district was set on fire.