Jacksonville’s Muslim Community Remains Resolute, Caring and Giving In Difficult Times
My hometown has unfortunately made the national news once again, for the another attack on the same mosque. Several years back, it was believed Sandlin Matthews Smith detonated a bomb in front of the entrance of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida or ICNEF. In 2011, he died in a shootout with police in Oklahoma who cornered him regarding this incident.
Another extremely tragic situation has been thwarted by local authorities. Local law enforcement prevented a man from carrying out a planned mass shooting at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams recently announced police arrested 69-year-old Bernardino Gawala Bolatete after he tried to buy a gun silencer from an undercover officer.
Police began investigating Bolatete after receiving a tip from a confidential source Bolatete was planning a mass shooting at the Islamic Center of Northeast…
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