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Security beefed-up after NY temple attack

New York police on Tuesday erected a security tower and stepped up surveillance around an Islamic centre and a Hindu temple that were among four sites fire-bombed here in arsonist attacks.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2012 23:37 IST

New York police on Tuesday erected a security tower and stepped up surveillance around an Islamic centre and a Hindu temple that were among four sites fire-bombed here in arsonist attacks termed by authorities as hate crimes and also released the sketch of a suspect.

Molotov cocktails were hurled at the four locations last night, with bombs damaging property but no serious injuries were reported.

The attacks took place in Queens area in which unidentified assailants threw homemade firebombs at a house used for Hindu worship services, Islamic centre Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, a home and a convenience store.

Police, yet to make any arrest, have released a sketch of a suspect caught on a surveillance camera at the temple.