Masjid distances itself after guns,ammo found hidden in ceiling
The Masjid ul Mattaqeen is distancing itself, after workmen conducting general maintenance at its Masjid’s compound at Munroe Road, Cunupia found several black garbage bags with five guns and several rounds of ammunition hidden in the ceiling of an upstairs prayer area on Thursday.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the masjid distanced itself from the find, saying that the illegal firearms and ammunition were hidden at the mosque by unknown persons.
The Masjid ul Mattaqeen further added that it will assist and co-operate with the police in every way possible to discover the identities of those person or persons who are responsible for bringing illegal guns and ammunition into the Masjid.
“We wish to inform our membership and the wider national public that the illegal firearms and ammunition found inside the Masjid were secreted there by persons unknown and that this organization does not condone any form of illegal activity. Those persons who planted these illegal items in our place of worship did so without the knowledge of the spiritual and administrative leaders of the Masjid and our membership,” the masjid said.
It said the doors of the masjid will be open to all members of the public otherwise.
“We have no formal security arrangements in place as this is a place of worship where our members engage in fellowship, pray and social activities. The Masjid is a place where families, friends and neighbours congregate particularly in the holy month of Ramadhan and we are truly stunned at today’s find,” the Masjid added.
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