MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Islamic cemetery that was initially denied a permit in suburban Minneapolis has now been vandalized.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says vandals recently entered the Al Maghfirah cemetery in Castle Rock Township and spray painted profanities and swastikas. CAIR-MN says the vandals also damaged walls, furniture and other property. One spray-painted message apparently says: “Leave, you R dead.”READ MORE: Who Will Qualify For State's $250 Million In Bonus Pay For Front-Line Workers?
Last year, a court forced Castle Rock Township to issue a conditional use permit for the cemetery, finding that the township’s initial decision to deny the permit was arbitrary.READ MORE: Driver James Blue Arrested In Orono Crash That Killed Mack Motzko, Sam Schuneman
CAIR-MN executive director Jaylani Hussein says the vandalism comes at a time of increasing anti-Muslim incidents nationwide.
FBI spokesman Jeff Van Nest says the bureau received information about the incident and is reviewing it.MORE NEWS: Drought Forces MN Landscape Arboretum To Prioritize Watering Rarer Plants Over Grass
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