Police in New York have launched an investigation into several arson attacks on Islamic and Hindu centers.
Someone threw a Molotov cocktail at an Islamic cultural center Sunday as worshippers gathered for dinner. The Associated Press reported that the resulting damage to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building was minimal.
"We were very surprised," said Maan Al-Sahlani, assistant imam. "This has never happened here before."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has condemned the attack.
"Attacks on our nation's houses of worship must be condemned by all Americans and should be investigated and prosecuted using all available law enforcement resources," CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said.
Meanwhile, police are also investigating three other attacks, including ones that took place Sunday night on a private home used for Hindu worship as well the home of a Christian couple.
Investigators say the attacks may be motivated by religious or racial bias.
But Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch, noted that Muslims were not the only ones targeted in the fire-bombings.
"Implying the attacks were directed solely at Muslims is obviously false and self-serving," the Greeley Gazette quoted Spencer.
"It seems as if whoever did this is opposed to foreigners or religion in general and to say this is exclusively a Muslim hate crime is a politically motivated claim," he said.
"CAIR did not mention anything about the Hindus or Christians when they issued their release. This just shows how self-serving their claims of victimhood really are," he added.
No one was injured in the Sunday attacks and no arrests have been made.