Increased security for Ramadan

Two police officers will stand outside the Al-Imam Mosque in Astoria, as the NYPD increases vigilance during Ramadan.

The Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins on Aug. 1, and the NYPD is increasing patrols around mosques, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced yesterday.

The NYPD always steps up patrols at the city’s Islamic centers during Ramadan, but they are especially concerned this year after last week’s attack in Norway, where the shooter said he was fighting the rising threat of Islam.

Kelly said police have not heard of any specific threats, but the NYPD also added patrols around Scandinavian consulates and government buildings.

Muhamed Morani, head of the Al-Imam Mosque in Astoria, said he is expecting two police officers to stand outside the mosque front door from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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