FBI to Investigate Mosque Vandalism in TX

March 8, 2004

Source: The Associated Press


On March 8, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "The FBI and police are investigating anti-Muslim graffiti and broken furniture at a mosque that Muslim leaders say was a hate crime.

Imam Mohamed El-Moctar said his office at the Islamic Center of the South Plains was ransacked when he arrived for morning prayers Sunday. Windows were smashed, furniture was broken and pro-American and anti-Muslim slogans were written on the walls.

'This is the action of someone angry, very angry,'he told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Monday's editions. 'Our community is very peaceful, and our community is targeted not for anything they did, but for what they are and what they believe.'

Police Lt. Jerry Brewer said investigators believe the break-in occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6:20 a.m. Sunday by multiple suspects, possibly gang members."