January 17, 2016 6:20 pm
Updated: January 17, 2016 8:49 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Ontario mosque set ablaze in hate crime

WATCH ABOVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toured the site of a mosque in Peterbrough that just re-opened after a fire was deliberately set. Ashley Carter reports.


PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited an Ontario mosque that was set ablaze last year.

He visited during the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association’s open house at Masjid al-Salaam in Peterborough Sunday.

The mosque was the victim of an alleged arson attack shortly after Islamic State terrorists killed more than 100 people in Paris.

Police have said they’re treating it as a hate crime, but have arrested no suspects.

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It reopened last month, after repairs valued at about $80,000 were complete.

Trudeau says the mosque “showed Canada how it’s done” with its positive attitude.

Kendu Abdella, the mosque president, says that the country’s reaction to the attack has been amazing.

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He says if the attackers intended the fire to pull the community apart, it actually brought them closer together and their congregation has grown so much that they no longer fit in their small building.

He says they’re looking at expanding the mosque in the next year.

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