Maplewood police asking for help in catching mosque vandals

Published 6:03 pm Monday, August 6, 2018

MAPLEWOOD — Maplewood police are asking for the public’s help in finding two men who defaced a mosque last month.

Police released images from a surveillance video showing what authorities say are two men spray-painting graffiti on the outside wall of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota’s Al-Salam mosque. The messages included the number 666 and the words “Jesus Saves,” along with a cross and other graffiti.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations says the graffiti included obscenities.

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The incident comes about a year after a mosque was bombed in Bloomington. Three Illinois men are facing federal explosives and hate crime charges in that incident, as well as a firearms-related charge.