A day after the tragic shooting incident at a gurdwara, a mosque in the U.S. was gutted for the second time in little more than a month in a suspected arson attack.

The FBI said the Islamic Centre of Joplin in Missouri was burnt to the ground on Tuesday. The centre was vacant at the time of the fire and no individuals sustained any injuries.

“Any act of violence to a house of worship is taken very seriously by law enforcement and threatens the very core of the safety and security that our communities enjoy,” said an FBI special agent in charge of the investigation.

Following the incident, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim institutions and other houses of worship nationwide.

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