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Cops: Selden mosque evacuated over suspicious suitcase

Suffolk police on scene of evacuated mosque in

Suffolk police on scene of evacuated mosque in Selden on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. . Credit: Stringer News Service

Generosity was briefly mistaken for evil on Friday, when a suitcase was found outside a Selden mosque.

At 12:13 p.m., a 911 caller reported the case had been found by the The Islamic Association of Long Island’s place of worship, Suffolk police said in a statement.

As a precaution, officers evacuated the mosque and surrounding buildings, and the Emergency Service Section unit X-rayed the suitcase, the police said.

“It was determined that the contents were a clothing donation,” police said.

The evacuation was lifted at about 2 p.m., they said.

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