04 Jan '12, 12am

US man confesses to firebomb attacks that hit mosque and Hindu place of worship in New York

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A New York City man confessed on Tuesday to a series of Molotov cocktail attacks that hit a mosque and a Hindu place of worship and unsettled civic leaders concerned that the actions might portend violent religious bigotry. Police brought the suspect in on Tuesday as a 'person on interest' in the Sunday night attacks and he confessed after questioning, police said. 'The individual is implicating himself in each of the five firebombing cases, citing personal grievances with each location,' said police spokesman Paul Browne. The arson attacks were being investigated as possible hate crimes and drew condemnation from religious and civic leaders of various backgrounds who joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for a news conference before the confession was reported.

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