- A man entered a mosque and destroyed copies of the Muslims’ holy book
- He broke into the place around 3:30 am Monday
- There is still no indication it was a hate crime
A man in Arizona broke into a mosque and ripped around 130 copies of the Muslims’ holy book, the Qur'an.
Acts of vandalism are getting more common in the U.S., although “there is no indication this was a hate crime,” said Sgt. Kim Bay, from the Tucson Police Department.
Authorities are looking for the person, in order to question him before speculating about his motives.
“He ripped copies of the Qur’an and threw them around the prayer room before leaving the building,” the Islamic Center of Tucson wrote on its Facebook page. Surveillance footage shows a man wearing a University of Arizona T-shirt, entering the mosque at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday.
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“We understand that this is an isolated incident,” the center added, reminding “the ICT has been a part of the Tucson community since the late 1980’s and since then, the Tucson community has been kind, welcoming, and supportive.”
Hate incidents targeting Muslims have lately been on the rise.