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.
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Melbourne Australia The Age (AAP) 8Oct01 D1
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