Police investigate report of pig’s head left outside mosque

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pig’s head found at Philadelphia mosque, report says.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The caretaker at a Philadelphia mosque said he found a severed pig’s head outside on the sidewalk, and police were investigating whether someone may have thrown it out a car window. PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Police say they are now investigating a report of a pig’s head found outside an Islamic Center in North Philadelphia early this morning.PHILADELPHIA — An employee of a North Philadelphia Islamic school discovered a pig’s head early Monday morning at the building, according to philly.com. Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney decried what he called an act of bigotry. “We cannot allow hate to divide us now, in the face of unprecedented difficulties,” he said in a statement.

It’s home to a school, a mosque and an interfaith community center, but last Sunday night in surveillance video taken by the center, two people are seen in a red pickup truck- throwing a roasted pig’s head out the window. “The intent of that person was obviously a hate crime– it was an attempt to deface a religious institution,” Marwan Kreidie, of the Philadelphia Arab American Development Corporation, told Eyewitness News. American Muslims have said they are worried about an increase in Islamophobia since authorities accused Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, of storming a party attended by San Bernardino County employees in California last week. Administrators from the Al-Asqa Islamic Society say they’ve also contacted the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, asking for an investigation into this incident as a hate crime. The report adds that someone called the mosque, which was established in 1996, after the Paris terror attacks last month and made derogatory comments about Allah. He said the two shooters killed by authorities practiced a “perverted” form of Islam and that the U.S. would continue its efforts to destroy ISIS forces.

A similar incident was under investigation in England earlier this month after four pig’s heads were found outside of a community center that had hosted a Muslim event.

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