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Jacksonville Mosque Bomb Scare Sparked by Unknown Package

5:20 PM, Dec 16, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have determined there is no threat to the community following a bomb scare at the Islamic Center.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad responded to the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, in the 2300 block of South St. Johns Bluff Road,a round 2:30 p.m.

JSO Sgt. Chris King said Imam Joe Bradford called police to be safe after a package was sent with wording on it that concerned the imam.

There is no threat to the community or the Islamic Center, said King.

The imam said there were no explosive devices or threatening material inside. It is unknown who sent the package.

Bradford, who would not elaborate on the writing on the package, said he received the package. "Better safe than sorry."

Bradford is confident there is no threat, he said. 

The center's spokesperson Muhammad Mansoori said he left the mosque this afternoon around 2:30 and at that point, nothing was unusual.

Mansoori said he found out about the emergency when the media began calling him.

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