Possible arson investigation underway at Northland Mosque

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Kansas City police are investigating a possible arson at a Northland mosque.

Authorities with the Islamic Center of Northland say they found burns on interior walls and two burned bottles with liquid inside over the weekend.

KCPD Bomb and Arson were called to the area, and authorities with the mosque filed a formal report with police.

The mosque was under construction and was scheduled to open next year.

Construction has been going on in phases for the last several years. They were raising money to complete the construction by next year.

The majority of the damage was done to one wall and wood pieces will need to be replaced.

No one was in the building when the damage was done.

Police say at this time there is no indication the Islamic center was targeted.

Nearly 200 members belong to this Islamic center, and for the last several years, they've held services at a nearby church.

Leaders with the Islamic Center of Northland say they hope this won't delay their opening.

"Very difficult, each step is been very challenging and very difficult," a spokesperson for the mosque said. "And to see this happened it really broke my heart for a bit because I just thought oh man, what are we going to do now so hopefully it's not too much damage so we were lucky the damage wasn't that big."