Breaking down the string of attacks on Jehovah’s Witness houses of worship

first_imganouchka/iStock(SEATTLE) — A string of attacks on houses of worship used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Washington state are under investigation.There have been four instances of arson and one shooting — spanning nine months and four locations — that investigators believe are connected to one another.“As these incidents were located in close proximity to each other, it is believed that they are related,” said Jason Chudy, the public information officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Seattle division.“ATF is working closely with multiple local law enforcement agencies in these ongoing investigations,” Chudy said.Chudy said that the investigation is ongoing and they are not publicly discussing “any suspects, if any, that we’ve identified.” March 19: Two arson attacksTwo different houses of worship, referred to as Kingdom Halls, were targeted on the same day.The two houses of worship, one in Tumwater, the other three miles away in Olympia, were set on fire.“Damage to both was minor, limited to the exterior structures,” Chudy said.Tumwater Fire Chief Scott LaVielle said that the Tumwater building sustained about $15,000 worth of damage, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV.May 15: ShootingA little under two months later, another house of worship was attacked in the town of Yelm.In this case, a suspect or suspects fired 35 rifle rounds at the Kingdom Hall.Chudy said the shooting caused more than $10,000 in damage.July 3: ArsonThe fourth attack revisited one of the earlier targets, as the Kingdom Hall on Cain Road in the town of Olympia was lit on fire once again.This attack “completely destroyed” the building, Chudy said.On July 18, Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza said that the four attacks up to this point are considered hate crimes, according to KOMO-TV.Dec. 7: ArsonAfter a five-month break, another attack was reported at the Kingdom Hall in the town of Lacey, closer to the first two targets. The building was “completely destroyed.”Snaza expressed frustration at the series of attacks.“Why is this specific religion being targeted? Why are these churches being targeted? What are they doing that is so wrong and oppressive?” Snaza said, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV.“It makes you feel really ill about somebody who has some sort of animosity towards any religion, yet alone a Jehovah’s Witness of Kingdom Hall,” Snaza said, according to KOMO. “So how frustrating is it that people who find a solemn place of worship, and now it’s being destroyed?”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bendtner focused on taking chance

first_img Arsenal went on to win the match 2-0 and stay four points clear of Chelsea as Arsene Wenger’s men continued to lay down a marker for a long overdue sustained assault on the Premier League crown. Wenger feels Bendtner, who was close to leaving in the summer, has the attributes to produce consistent performances if he is fully focused, and the 6ft 3in forward intends to do just that as Arsenal get set for a testing run of fixtures. “It was a fantastic feeling, I think my celebration for the goal was a show of that,” Bendtner told Arsenal Player. “It was my first Premier League game this season, so I am pleased to have scored and that we won. “It has been difficult for the players who have not been in the team because we have had such good form and the players who have played have been magnificent. “With the way people play now, it looks like whoever comes in takes it in his stride and goes with it, that showed again because there were a couple of changes and everybody played well.” There is little respite ahead for Arsenal who host Everton on Sunday, then travel to Napoli for their final Champions League group match before a crunch clash at Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime. Bendtner said: “We are very much looking forward to it because we know this is a very hard period coming up and we need everybody to be focused and sharp, but we will take just one game at a time and try to put the points on the table.” Nicklas Bendtner admits it has been tough watching from the bench as Arsenal stormed to the top of the Barclays Premier League, but remains ready for when his next chance will come. Press Associationcenter_img The 25-year-old Denmark international was recalled to the Gunners’ starting XI against Hull on Wednesday night to give leading forward Olivier Giroud a rest – and headed the hosts in front inside two minutes. It was Bendtner’s first goal for Arsenal since March 2011, following when he had several unsuccessful loan spells and hit the headlines with his off-field behaviour last month following a Police caution for causing damage to an apartment building where he lives. last_img read more

Asia Cup Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan vs Hong Kong match preview | Tournament minnows up against favourites

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The second fixture of the Asia Cup between Pakistan and Hong Kong is set to take place on Sunday, September 16 (today) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Favourites and two-time Asia Cup holders, Pakistan will kick-off their tournament against Hong Kong, a team that they should have no difficulty in beating. Their last encounter was in the 2008 Asia Cup when Pakistan put on 288/9 in their 50 overs and then went on to bundle Hong Kong out for 133 in just 38 overs to win comprehensively by 155 runs.With the political tensions between India and Pakistan causing the tournament to be switched from India to the UAE, Pakistan may fancy their chances of claiming a third crown.ALSO READ: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka | Mushfiqur’s brilliant ton help Tigers winPakistan last won the Asia Cup back in 2012 when it was held in Bangladesh and have since been playing most of their matches in the UAE since the attack on the Sri Lankan team back in 2009, so the team should know the conditions better than most.This will be Hong Kong’s third Asia Cup appearance and their first in ten years after competing in the 2008 edition when they lost both games – they also lost both in 2004.Hong Kong have had a real up and down year after first losing their ODI status at the start of the year during the World Cup qualifiers, before managing to recover and claim the last spot for this year’s Asia Cup after beating hosts UAE in the qualifier final.ALSO READ: WATCH: Inzamam-ul-Haq attacks Indian fan for calling him aloo, motuExpect that winless streak to continue here and the next game when they play India. But both these ODIs will be counted as full internationals and a good performance could help the nation reclaim their full ODI status.Players to watch: Fakhar Zaman is Pakistan’s most inform batsman at the moment and currently averages 76.07 with the bat with a strike rate of over 100.00.Nadeem Ahmed is currently the leading wicket-taker for Hong Kong and his left-arm spin will play an important part in Hong Hong’s bowling attack. He has best figures of 4/26 and has taken 38 wickets in his 23 matches so far.Stat attack: Pakistan and Hong Kong have played two ODIs with Pakistan winning both.With Mohammed Hafeez out the Asia Cup, Shoaib Malik is the leading run scorer playing in this tournament at the Dubai International Stadium with 187 runs from five matches.Hong Kong have only ever won one ODI game versus a full member nation, and that was against Afghanistan this year! last_img read more