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Muslim Man Sets Fire to Belgian Mosque


Man walks past damaged door of Reda mosque in Brussels, Belgium March 13, 2012.

Man walks past damaged door of Reda mosque in Brussels, Belgium March 13, 2012.

An axe-wielding man burst into a mosque outside Brussels Monday and started a fire that resulted in the death of the imam.

Police have not identified the suspect other than saying he claims to be a 34 year-old Muslim.

Witnesses say he ran into the building in a Brussels suburb and threatened worshippers with an axe and knife before starting the fire using a flammable liquid. The imam died after inhaling smoke and fumes while trying to put out the flames.

Police arrested the suspect, who had been locked him inside a room by worshippers at the mosque. A motive for the attack is unclear.

The mayor of the suburb is appealing for calm and for residents to allow police to complete their investigation.

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