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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.

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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