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By Kent Larsen

LDS Chapel in Australia Damaged in Firebomb Attack

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA -- An LDS chapel in Sydney, Australia was damaged in a firebomb attack on Wednesday, October 3rd, according to local news reports. The chapel, located on Kelly Street in the Punchbowl neighborhood of Sydney. The reports say that although no one noticed the fire when it was set, the building suffered only minor damage, valued at $15,000.

Firefighters went to investigate the fire that afternoon, and discovered only a smashed window and the curtains set on fire. But they are seriously investigating the incident because of it occurred just hours before another firebomb attack at a Catholic church in the nearby Greenacre neighborhood.

Coming less than a month after terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, outside Washington, DC, the firebomb attacks came in spite of stepped-up security by Australian police at religious, political and diplomatic institutions in New South Wales. Police patrols had been assigned to Islamic institutions as well as American, British, Israeli and Jewish sites.


Premier meets with Muslim leaders
Melbourne Australia The Age (AAP) 8Oct01 D1

Churches attacked
Australian News (AAP) 4Oct01 D1


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