North Austin mosque targeted for second time in two weeks, community leader says

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Another case of vandalism has been reported at the North Austin Muslim Community Center Sunday morning, according to the President of the NAMCC, Altaf Khatri.

Khatri told KXAN that the windows of the mobile classroom behind the mosque used for their Sunday school were smashed by fist-sized rocks.

“We are reviewing camera footage to try to get any kind of information. How it happened, who did it and definitely we want to find out the soonest possible,” said Imam Islam Mossaad.

According to one member of the community, the Sunday school usually has 100 children participating ranging in age from five to 15-years-old.

“The safety and security of the congregation is our priority at the same time we want to be open and well coming as well as being safe and secure,” Mossaad said. 

Austin police were contacted about the vandalism and a unit was sent out to investigate.

KXAN has reached out to APD for a statement but has not heard back yet.

This is the second incident at the NAMCC in the past two weeks. On Tuesday, April 23, a man was caught on camera attempting to set the mosque on fire. Police are still looking for that suspect and it is not clear if these two incidents are related.

Last year, the same community center reported multiple incidents of vandalism, including slashed car tires and broken windows. 

“We will be more emboldened to worship, to congregate, to do good in this world that we won’t let anyone or anything stop us from doing good,” Mossaad said.

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