Police: Too soon to rule out arson in W. Bank mosque fire

“The circumstances of the fire are still being examined, and all directions are being examined,” say cops.

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May 6, 2010 05:20
Palestinian and IDF examine mosque fire damage

mosque fire 311. (photo credit: AP)

Police forensic officers investigating a fire that broke out Tuesday at a mosque in Lubban Sharkiya, north of Ramallah, have not found any flammable material that would indicate that the blaze was caused by arson.



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Police said, however, that it was too soon to rule out arson, as the investigation was ongoing.

Evidence collected by police officers and firefighters at the scene on Tuesday was analyzed closely at a forensics lab at police headquarters in Jerusalem and tested for traces of flammable material.

“The circumstances of the fire are still being examined, and all directions are being examined,” Judea and Samaria Police said in a statement, stressing that “although no flammable material was identified, we have not yet ruled out arson as a possibility. The issue is still under investigation.”

The Palestinian Authority insisted on Tuesday that the mosque had been torched by Jewish settlers.


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