Intruders targeted a Tucson mosque Sunday, the second time in less than two months, said mosque officials, who are starting to ask questions.

“We are beginning to wonder if this is a hate crime,” said Muhammad As’ad, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Tucson, where the crimes took place.

The latest incident at the center at 901 E. First St., near the University of Arizona campus, was a ransacking of the mosque office, according to a news release Tuesday from the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

A message – “Bush was here” – was hand-written with a marker on a computer monitor, the release said.

Tucson police confirmed the mosque reported a burglary Monday and the incident is under investigation.

Two months ago, thieves broke into the mosque and stole about $1,000, the release said.


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