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CAIR-MN: Minnesota Muslims Concerned About Vandalism at Minneapolis Mosque

VandalismMinnesotaMosque(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/26/16) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today said members of that state’s Muslim community are concerned about the possible motive for a break-in and vandalism Wednesday night targeting a Minneapolis mosque.

Officials with the Umatul Islam Center tell CAIR that a white male apparently in his 50s was caught on surveillance video breaking doors and windows in the mosque and stealing equipment and files. The damage estimate is more than $5,000. Wednesday’s vandalism is reportedly the second such incident in the past month. A man who appears to resemble the most recent suspect was allegedly caught on surveillance video trying unsuccessfully to break into the mosque.

SEE: Umatul Islam Center 

“Our community is concerned about the possible motive for this incident,†said CAIR-MN Director Jaylani Hussein. “We urge law enforcement authorities to do their utmost to bring the perpetrator to justice and thereby help alleviate community concerns.â€

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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