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Joplin Islamic Center burned to the ground Monday morning

The Islamic Center of Joplin in southwest Missouri burned to the ground in a second fire that hit the center more than a month after the initial incident. FBI officials declared the center "sustained a total loss".

The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. No injuries were reported.

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Why are Sikhs targeted by anti-Muslim extremists?

"It's a common thing," says Balvinder Kaur Saund, a Labour councillor for the London Borough of Redbridge and chair of the Sikh Women's Alliance, "to walk through an estate in [some parts of east London] and young boys throw stones and shout 'Taliban' at you. I have seen that myself." She was once with a man – a Sikh who wore a turban – when some youths shouted "Osama" at him. "I wanted to retaliate but he said 'Just ignore it and carry on walking'." She thinks many more incidents go unreported.

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Wade Michael Page and the rise of violent far-right extremism

On Saturday 28 July 2012, Wade Michael Page walked into the Shooters Shop in Wisconsin to buy a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and ammunition. Eight days later, the 40-year-old military veteran arrived at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek and began shooting at members of the congregation who had gathered to prepare a meal. During the shooting, six members of the Sikh community, one police officer and the attacker were killed.

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