The Jaffari Community Center in Vaughan had to be evacuated on Thursday.
By phone Friday, Clint Whitney of the York Region Police Service confirmed that a bomb threat had been received and that it was indeed the mosque – which is also a community center – Jaffari Community Centre.
Mr. Whitney added that a joint investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Hate Crimes Unit had been launched.
We understand that this causes a lot of fear and upset in the community. We maintained a presence in the area and encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious or has concerns to contact us at any time, he said.
Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca also reacted to the news. In a post on X Friday morning, he thanked York Region police officers. We will continue to fight Islamophobia and make clear that this type of hatred and intolerance has no place in Vaughan, he added.