05/05/2011

Islamic leaders thank police in mosque bombing

A man suspected in the pipe bombing of a Jacksonville mosque was shot and killed by FBI agents in Oklahoma

News 4 Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One day after a St. Johns County man suspected in the pipe bombing of a Jacksonville mosque was shot and killed by FBI agents in Oklahoma, Islamic leaders thank law enforcement and the community.

"Thank God this chapter is coming to a close," said Ashraf Shaikh of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida. "It is very, very said that a life has to be lost on account of this incident."

Sandlin Matthew Smith, 46, was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon as agents and Oklahoma state troopers tried to serve an arrest warrant on charges connected to the May 10, 2010, bombing as 60 people were worshiping inside the Islamic Center on St. Johns Bluff Road.

FBI Special Agent Jeff Wescott said agents learned late Tuesday that Smith was staying in a tent in a park in the rugged foothills of the Glass Mountains in northwest Oklahoma.

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