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Threatening note sent to Muslims at Des Moines center

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:59 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES (AP) — A leader of the Islamic Center of Des Moines plans to meet with authorities to discuss a threatening note found in the center’s mail.

Dr. Samir Shams is president of the center, and he says he found the handwritten note Sunday morning. The writer said Muslims were a “vile” people and said President Donald Trump would “do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.” The note was signed only “Americans for a Better Way.”

Shams says Muslims have to take such notes seriously. He says he plans to meet Monday with the FBI.

The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called in a news release for a hate crime investigation. The council says similar messages have been sent to other mosques in Iowa and other states.

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