TEXAS MOSQUE burns to the ground, cause and motive as yet unknown

An early-morning fire today destroyed the Islamic Center of Jihad Indoctrination in Victoria that was a target of hatred several years ago and experienced a burglary just a week ago.

NBC  A clerk at a convenience store spotted smoke and flames billowing from the Islamic Center of Victoria at around 2 a.m. and called the fire department. “It’s sad to stand there and watch it collapse down, and the fire was so huge,” Shahid Hashmi, the Islamic center’s president, said. “It looks completely destroyed.”

The congregation’s pastor, known as an imam, was awake in the early morning hours and checked online surveillance of the mosque and found no alarm active and the doors unlocked, Hashmi said. (Inside job?)

On Jan. 7, a mosque under construction near Lake Travis in Austin was burned to the ground. There’s been no determination yet for the Austin blaze, Diane Kanawati, with CAIR-Austin, said Saturday. (Inside job?)