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Which mosques in Virginia are safe to visit?

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Virginia’s largest mosque, the Al-Fateh Mosque in Alexandria, has been evacuated after two people were shot to death, authorities said on Friday.

The mosque has been in operation since 2002 and has seen dozens of people shot dead in the past few years, including the police chief and a man who died in a police chase last year.

A gunman with an AR-15 assault rifle killed three people and wounded two others at the mosque last month, police said.

The shooting happened on Sunday, when the mosque was hosting a Muslim conference for people to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.

The Alexandria Police Department said in a news release that they are “actively investigating the shooting of three individuals” who were shot outside the mosque.

The suspect was killed at the scene.

The Virginia State Police and the FBI are assisting the state in the investigation.

A mosque spokesman said the shooting happened “within a short distance” of the mosque, but he said it was not clear what caused the attack.

A local resident told the Associated Press that a man walked up to him and shot him in the head as he was leaving the mosque with other people.

Police said there were “no additional details” about the shooting.

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