Islamic group asks for probe of photographer’s motive at mosque

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SAN DIEGO – An advocacy group asked law enforcement Tuesday to investigate the motive of a man seen taking pictures of license plates of vehicles parked at the Islamic Center of San Diego.

A man was seen photographing plates at the Islamic Center of San Diego at 7050 Eckstrom Avenue on Thursday, according to Hanif Mohebi, executive director of San Diego chapter of Council of American-Islamic Relations. When members of the mosque approached him to ask about his intentions, the man claimed he did not speak English, Mohebi said.

CAIR officials said a suspicious man was taking pictures of licenses plates on vehicles parked at the mosque. (ICSD)

CAIR officials said a suspicious man was taking pictures of licenses plates on vehicles parked at the mosque. (ICSD)

A representative for CAIR said they requested the investigation in wake of a plea deal with a Tennessee man who planned a deadly attack on a New York Muslim community.

“Given the fact that a terror plot targeting American Muslims was recently thwarted by the FBI, it is important that the motivation of anyone engaged in such suspicious activity be investigated,” said Mohebi.

CAIR is urging Islamic institutions to implement safety measures outlined in its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.”