islamic society of joplin

Faith/Religion
1:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Man confesses to Joplin mosque fire

The Islamic Society of Joplin, the city's only mosque, was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 6, 2013.
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More than one year after the Islamic Society of Joplin was burned to the ground, an arrested man has confessed to setting the fire.

“The arrest will not bring the mosque back, but at least it will stop him from doing things like this again,” said Lahmuddin Lahmuddin, the mosques imam, on hearing the news.

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Crime
5:29 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Plans to rebuild Joplin Mosque one year after it was destroyed by fire

Credit Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS / KBIA

On the anniversary of the suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, mosque officials say they are making progress in plans to rebuild.

The Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque was destroyed by fire last Aug. 6. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The mosque was damaged by another fire on July 4 of last year. That blaze has been ruled an arson.

The mosque will be rebuilt inside city limits. Navid Zaidi, a mosque board member, says no rebuilding will start until the fundraising is complete.

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