'Jesus' spray painted on wall of US mosque

FBI opens a hate crime investigation on the latest series of defacement of Muslim houses of worship in the United States

Los Angeles: Two mosques have been vandalised with paint in California in the latest in a series of episodes of arson at mosques in the past few days, prompting the FBI to open a hate crimes investigation.

'Jesus' spray-painted on the outer wall of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque in Hawthorne
'Jesus' spray-painted on the outer wall of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque in Hawthorne

Worshippers who arrived on Sunday morning at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne found the words ‘Jesus is the way’ spray-painted on the building, said Christopher Port, a spokesman for the Hawthorne Police.

The word “Jesus” was also spray-painted in white on an outer wall of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque in Hawthorne, he said, adding an object resembling a hand grenade was found in its driveway.

After arrest
The vandalism came two days after a person was arrested in nearby Riverside County and charged with arson, hate crime and burglary for setting fire to a mosque, the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley.

The mosque is about 75 miles from San Bernardino, where a Pakistani-origin couple opened indiscriminate firing on fire December 2 at a holiday luncheon and killed 14 people.

Earlier case
Two days before the fire in Coachella, the police in Buena Park, California, opened a hate crimes investigation after a Sikh temple was vandalised.

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