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Rocks, Bible thrown through windows of Colorado mosque

By: The Associated Press
March 27, 2017 Updated: March 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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photo - A vandal targeted the Islamic Center of Fort Collins early Sunday morning on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Cassa Niedringhaus, The Coloradoan)
A vandal targeted the Islamic Center of Fort Collins early Sunday morning on March 26, 2017. (Photo by Cassa Niedringhaus, The Coloradoan) 

FORT COLLINS — Police are looking for a man seen throwing rocks and a Bible through the windows of a Colorado mosque.

The president of the Islamic Center of Fort Collins, Tawfik Aboellail, says surveillance video showed a man in his late 20s or early 30s trying to break into the mosque at about 4 a.m. Sunday. He says the perpetrator did not get inside.

The damage prompted the center to cancel religious classes for children but also led to an outpouring of support in the hometown of Colorado State University.

The Coloradoan reports that congregants from Plymouth Congregational Church visited after their morning service. Later about 1,000 people gathered at the mosque for a rally organized by a rabbi.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the vandalism investigated as a possible hate crime.

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