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Fire at Orlando shooter's mosque ruled arson

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>> Police releasing surveillance video Monday of the man suspected of setting fire to the Florida mosque where Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen once worshiped. Described as white or hispanic, the suspect approached the Fort Pierce Islamic Center on a motorcycle just before midnight Sunday, appearing to carry paper and a bottle of liquid.
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>> Shortly after the individual approached the building, a immediate very large flash was observed in the video footage. The male was then seen leaving the mosque in a hurry. While the male was leaving, the male was shaking his hand. We're not sure, but it is possible that the male's sustained burns on their hands.
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>> The blaze occurring just hours after the Nation commemorated the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and before the mosque was set to hold a 9 AM prayer session in celebration of the Islamic festival Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice. The Islamic Center unoccupied at the time of the blaze, it will temporarily relocate to another area.
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Investigators so far stopping short of calling the arson a hate crime. Mateen, who killed 49 people at Orlando's Pulse Night Club in June, pledged his allegiance to Islamic state in a 911 call. Although authorities do not believe he had help from any outside groups. The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office saying it has called in the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and FIrearms and the FBI to assist with its investigation.