Acid thrown during Ramadan prayers at Muslim school in Lombard
August 13, 2012 2:46PM
Facebook page photo of a 7-Up bottle of acid thrown at the College Preparatory School of America, an Islamic school in west suburban Lombard.
Updated: August 13, 2012 4:51PM
The second attack on an area mosque over the weekend has an Islamic group calling on autorities to increase security around Muslim institution during the final days of Ramadan.
On Sunday night, the College Preparatory School of America, an Islamic school in west suburban Lombard, had a bottle of acid and other materials thrown outside the school during evening Ramadan prayers, according to the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
During the prayers, worshippers heard a loud bang outside and went out to find an empty 7Up bottle thrown at a window of the school, according to CIOGC.
No injuries were reported, but a report was filed with police. A Lombard police spokesman was not immediately available for comment on Monday, and no one answered a phone at the school.
A statement from CIOGC said the group is “appalled at the increasing attacks on Muslim institutions.”
“This is not an isolated incident, a few days ago another CIOGC member institution, the Muslim Education Center was also attacked,” group spokesman Ahlam Jbara said in the statement.
In the attack at 8601 N. Menard Ave. in Morton Grove, 51-year-old David Conrad, who lives just east of the mosque, fired a pellet rifle at the building about 9 p.m. while 500 people prayed inside, according to Morton Grove police.
Conrad has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of criminal damage to property, police said.
The CIOGC statement urges the Department of Homeland Security, the Attorney General’s office and other authorities to increase security and surveillance, and step up the investigations of the incidents.
It warns Muslim institutions to take extra precautions through the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19.