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US State Prosecutors, Local Leaders to Fight Anti-Muslim Threats

FILE - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment.
FILE - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces an indictment.

The top prosecutors from 11 U.S. states are launching a campaign to counter more frequent anti-Muslim threats.

The U.S. Attorneys will plan to hold meetings with local law enforcement and community leaders for a series of events around the country to address backlash against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans following the tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino, California.

The U.S. Justice Department said since September 11th, it has investigated more than 1,000 incidents involving acts of violence, threats, assaults, vandalism and arsons targeting Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asians, and those perceived to be members of these groups.

"There is no place for intolerance in our country," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

The meetings in various communities in the coming months are aimed at working with local leaders and law enforcement to address discrimination, violence and harassment targeting people because of what they look like, which country they come from or where they worship.