Edmonton's Muslim community saddened to see swastika painted on mosque building

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Edmonton police say are investigating a string of hateful vandalism after a mosque reported a swastika painted on the building.

Investigators say in a statement that they received the report of the hate symbol yesterday, but their early investigation suggests it may have happened in April — at the same time a vehicle and fence were also vandalized in the neighbourhood near the city's downtown.

Police say they believe the same person is behind all three instances.

Imam Nasir Butt of the Baitul Hadi Mosque says the community is still grieving the attack on an innocent Muslim family in London and was saddened to see the symbol of hatred.

He adds that he's deeply disturbed by the rising acts of violence against the Muslim community and that Canadians need work together to combat anti-Muslim sentiment.

The mosque also notes in a statement that the vandalism follows a report of threats made against an Ontario mosque on the same day the swastika was reported.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 16, 2021.

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