FBI launches investigation after Indiana mosque vandalized

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — The Islamic Society of North America headquarters in Plainfield was vandalized early Sunday, the organization said.

A photo shows profanity and vulgar images spray-painted on the building, which also houses a mosque.

“It upsets me to see something like that,” Julie Knust, who lives near the mosque, said.

ISNA reported the graffiti to police and the FBI as a hate crime.

“You don’t see this sort of thing anywhere in town,” said Jerry Knust.

The Islamic center has been a fixture in Plainfield since 1982.

“We’re in this together with them; they’re a part of this community,” Knust said.

ISNA calls itself the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America.

Plainfield police said three people can be seen on surveillance video, but police have not released suspect descriptions.

“I do hope whoever did this is caught. I hope it’s not somebody from our community,” Knust added.

“The Indianapolis office of the FBI is aware of the incident in Plainfield, Indiana and are in regular contact with local authorities,” FBI spokesperson Wendy Osborne said in a statement. “If in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”

 

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