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Threats to Englewood mosque during Ramadan under investigation

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Englewood police say they have “several significant leads” in a series of threatening phone calls to a mosque in town.

The Mehfile-Shahe-Khorasan Charitable Trust Mosque on Liberty Road, in the city’s 3rd Ward, reported the calls to police yesterday afternoon, the 14th day of Ramadan.

Staff members were interviewed and, “as a result of what was relayed to our officers, we decided to err on the side of caution,” Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

“We contacted the Bergen County Police Department and requested their Bomb Squad and K-9 units to sweep the location for any type of explosive or incendiary devices,” he said.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification also responded, the captain said.

Nothing suspicious turned up, he said.

“Obviously, we will be trying to determine if this is a case of an emotionally disturbed person picking a random religious facility or if this location was specifically targeted for harassment and intimidation for some reason yet unknown to us,” Torell said.

“At this time we are not aware of any other location in the area that experienced similar threats,” he said.

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