(TAMPA, FL, 9/18/07) – The Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) reported today that a local mosque has been targeted by vandals.
Representatives of the St. Petersburg Islamic Center told CAIR-Tampa that bricks were thrown through mosque windows early Sunday morning. Local police are investigating the incident. CAIR-Tampa is calling on local and national law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive. The mosque had received harassing phone calls in the past.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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