SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) -- The South Bay offices of a national Muslim group has been evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious substance received in the mail Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the Santa Clara office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said a hazmat team was at the location after workers found an envelope containing a white, powdery substance.
Executive Director Zahra Billoo said the envelope was labeled with the word "infidel," a term commonly used to antagonize Muslims.
The incident comes on the same day CAIR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. was evacuated after receiving a similar suspicious envelope containing a white powder.
Tests at the scene indicated the substance was not dangerous and after a couple of hours CAIR employees were allowed back into their offices.
Billoo said she expected a similar outcome at the offices in Santa Clara. She also said given the anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. these days, they decided to err on the side of caution and evacuate the building.
Billoo added CAIR's Bay Area chapter has seen a drastic uptick in anti-Muslim hate calls and reports from people in the community. Earlier this week, a Department of Corrections employee was captured on tape berating and attacking Muslim men who were praying in a Castro Valley park.
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