‘Display of hate’: Montreal mosque vandalized days after Quebec gun attack
A mosque in Quebec was vandalized with graffiti and had its windows smashed on Thursday, the same day thousands of Canadians attended the funerals of Sunday’s gun attack victims. Six people were killed and 19 injured in the shooting.
Police said the Khadijah Masjid Islamic Center in Montreal had been the target of vandals and were investigating the motive as a possible hate crime.
The defacing attack comes days after gunman Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire on worshippers attending evening prayers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City
Mosque Director, Ashek Ahmad said the building had been sprayed with graffiti just days before the gun attack, but did not initially believe it was particularly sinister.
In response to the latest incident, Montreal City Councillor Craig Sauvé said in the Facebook post that the attack was an act of terrorism “intent on inciting fear into a the heart of a community, demonstrating hate and ill-will.”
Local Member of Parliament Mark Miller also condemned the attack in his constituency.
I have just confirmed that a mosque in my riding in the centre of Montreal has been vandalized. I condemn this disgusting act!— Marc Miller (@MarcMillerVM) 2 February 2017