CAIR-Minnesotastan today called on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate minor vandalism targeting two St. Cloud, MN mosques as possible hate crimes.
SC Times The latest case was discovered Wednesday morning by an imam, a religious leader, making his way into the Central Minnesota Islamic Center. The building is located just north of St. Cloud State University on Fourth Avenue South. Ten starburst cracks pepper a window about the size of a door frame. Spokesperson for the center, Mohamoud Mohamed, said this is the third time the building has been vandalized over the last few weeks. Each case involved a damaged window.
“At the beginning we were thinking it was isolated — a student or drunk person. But it isn’t,” he said. “It is some person or persons who are causing damage and targeting our faith facilities.” It’s not just their building being targeted. Mohamed says vehicle windows are also being smashed as people attend morning prayer. This week, several worshipers reported damage done to vehicles outside the Islamic Center of St. Cloud, the mosque on Fifth Avenue South.