MAPS in Redmond held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the threats the mosque received Sunday evening.

MAPS in Redmond threatened; mosque and police heighten security

There was increased security at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond Sunday evening after the mosque was threatened.

There was increased security at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond Sunday evening after the mosque was threatened.

MAPS president Mahmood Khadeer said he thinks the possible threat may have been related to the terrorist attacks in Orlando on Sunday.

“I don’t have specific information about that,” he said. “But I think it is (related), after the Orlando tragedy.”

The Reporter is awaiting information from the Redmond Police Department (RPD) as to whether the possible threat was associated with the Orlando attack.

At 6:32 p.m. on Sunday, Redmond police received a call with information regarding a possible threat against MAPS.

Becky Range, public information officer for RPD said the caller was male and refused to identify himself but told police that he had heard and knew about a threat of activities that might happen at the mosque later that evening, giving police the address.

Following the first call, Range said the unidentified male called back about 20 minutes later with more information. She said he gave RPD information about the services at MAPS and the time frame of the events.

Khadeer said there were about 350 people — including children — present during that time.

Range said RPD then spoke with their partners and counterparts at other police departments in the area. RPD provided coverage at the mosque until its final service of the night, which ended around 3:20 a.m. Monday. In addition, Range said the Redmond Fire Department positioned some of its equipment in the nearby parking lot at Home Depot.

“It was just a precautionary measure,” Range said.

She said police worked with MAPS and they did not find anyone or anything suspicious, but as the Islamic month of Ramadan continues and more events and activities are held, they need to remain vigilant. Ramadan ends July 5 and Range said RPD will increase its police presence around MAPS for the duration.

“We were extremely grateful to the officers of the Redmond Police Department,” said Khadeer at a press conference on Monday at MAPS. “Their dedication and professionalism are truly remarkable and, on behalf of the whole Muslim community here, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Redmond Police Chief and her team.”

At the conference, Khadeer said police took all measures to ensure their protection and the protection of their facilities.

In response to the threats, MAPS has also increase its security. According to a letter from Khadeer that was linked to the mosque’s Facebook page, they increased their security Sunday night, both with additional RPD officers as well as private security personnel.

“In addition, we are implementing immediate security measures — only the front door will be opened,” Khadeer wrote in letter. “The leadership is in contact with several law enforcement agencies.”

He ended the letter stating that all of MAPS’ programs would go on as planned.

At Monday’s press conference, Khadeer also condemned the terror attack in Orlando that occurred early Sunday morning.

More in News

Former Bellevue High School football coach drops lawsuit against WIAA

WIAA, KingCo agree to to lift Jones’ remaining suspension.

Photo courtesy Mike Nakamura Photography LLC. President and CEO of Overlake Medical Center Michael Marsh speaks about the center’s game-changing innovation across the health care continuum during the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s business lunch on Jan. 18 at the Westin Bellevue.
Overlake Medical Center CEO talks health care at Bellevue Chamber event

Hospital will break ground on new $250 million project in April.

Fulbright Scholar teaches virtual reality at Bellevue College — other side of the earth — simultaneously

Scholar introducing students to virtual world live in Bellevue and live-streamed to Tasmania.

Bellevue School Board appoints Sima Sarrafan to vacant seat

After interviewing four candidates for the vacant District 1 director position on… Continue reading

City of Bellevue to offer workshops on listening

Through interactive exercises, participants will become aware of unhelpful listening habits.

City of Bellevue offers two new language access resources

The device includes two transceivers for onsite interpreters and 20 receivers and headphones.

Inslee talks education, carbon tax and opioid crisis

Carbon tax proposal would replenish the state’s reserves for the first year for education spending.

Fourth time’s a charm: Bellevue legislator plans to pass equal pay law this year

Washington women lose $18 billion to the pay gap each year.

Bellevue police volunteer saves abandoned bikes, many go to African villages

Volunteer urges residents to write down bike serial number in case it is stolen.

Most Read