Mosque vandalized with anti-Muslim graffiti, smashed windows

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island mosque has had windows smashed and been defaced with anti-Muslim graffiti.

Mosque members said they discovered the vandalism at the Muslim Community Center of Kingston’s Masjid Al-Hoda not long after Thursday night’s attack that killed 84 people in Nice, France.

The graffiti was written on the front of the mosque in large red letters.

The mosque in South Kingstown is near the University of Rhode Island’s main campus and is attended by many Muslim students and faculty members.

Mosque spokesman Nasser Zawia says nothing like this has happened since the place of worship was founded in 2001.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called on state and federal law enforcement to investigate the vandalism as a hate crime.

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