Muslim-American group's office evacuated after white powder found

Media interview Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as fire and hazmat crews arrive to investigate a suspicious letter delivered to the organization's offices near the US Capitol on December 10, 2015The Washington headquarters of the largest US Muslim rights and advocacy group were briefly evacuated Thursday after it received a “hate” letter containing a suspicious white powder that initial tests found to be harmless. “Preliminary field tests indicate the substance is not dangerous,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose main office is three blocks from the US Capitol, said in a statement. The letter is now in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more extensive tests.

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