Bias incidents against Muslims rise 30 percent, group says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A national Islamic civil rights group says Illinois had the country's second-highest number of bias incidents against Muslims last year.

A study by the Council on American-Islamic Relations released today says Illinois had 13-percent of the country's 19-hundred-72 bias complaints.

The group says the number of incidents reported nationwide rose nearly one-third last year to a 12-year high.

Those incidents included harassment, violence and discrimination.

And the group says the number of hate crimes reported increased eight-point-six percent to 153.

Nationwide, nine states and Washington, D-C, accounted for nearly 79 percent of all bias incidents reported to the group for 2005.

California was first at 19 percent, followed by Illinois, New York and Texas.

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