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Leaders at Roanoke mosque say worship center targeted by vandals

A photo provided by the Mosque shows the glass from the front door broken out after vandals did damage to the building.
A photo provided by the Mosque shows the glass from the front door broken out after vandals did damage to the building. (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Administrators at a Roanoke mosque said the center has been the target of vandals for over a year and hope to bring an end to attacks on the building.

Surveillance video from the Masjid An Nur Islamic Center on Salem Turnpike shows vandals throwing objects at the worship center early Thursday morning. The vandals broke the glass in the front doors.

During an interview with mosque administrators, people across the street could be heard shouting vulgarities and saying things like "terrorist." One of them agreed to speak with our reporter and denied the people there at that time had anything to do with the vandalism, but said the person responsible used to live nearby. They also said they didn't believe the vandalism had anything to do with the Muslim religion.

The Roanoke City Police Department said charges were pending against two juveniles for the most recent vandalism.


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