The NYPD is currently looking into a string of Molotov cocktail attacks that happened last night in Jamaica, Queens. One of those four homemade bombs was thrown at the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, a Shiite Mosque and community center. The New York Daily News reports that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. Three out of the four bombs were fashioned out of Starbucks Frappuccino glasses. The attacks took place between 8pm and 10:15pm and no one was hurt.
The bomb was thrown into a bodega, the second target was a private home on 170th Street, the Mosque was hit third, and the last attack was on another 170th Street home. The New York Times says that the second attack was “the most damaging” and that it took “more than 60 firefighters about 40 minutes to bring it under control.”
This is a rough start for crime in 2012 and comes shortly after Mayor Bloomberg’s proud announcement that crime in New York has been driven down 34 percent in the last 10 years.