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Portland Mosque Vandalized in Wake of bin Laden Death
05/02/2011 11:03 AM ET  

Someone spray-painted inflammatory phrases on the Anderson Street mosque, apparently after this morning's prayer service.

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A Portland mosque was vandalized Monday morning in connection with the U.S. killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Portland police say someone spray-painted the phrases "Osama today Islam tomorow (sic)," "Long Live the West" and "Go Home" and "Free Cyprus," an apparent reference to the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus.

Portland police officer Gavin Hillard said that people attending morning prayers at the Maine Muslims Community Center on Anderson Street had not noticed any graffiti, leading police to conclude that the phrases were spray-painted on the mosque's walls afterward.

"Morning prayer was between 4:30 a.m and 6:30 a.m., and one of the representatives said it was not there this morning, so it had to have occurred sometime after 6:30," Hillard says.

Abdi Aziz Mohammed attends the mosque. "In our community here, we are all good Muslims here. I believe when I see something like this it doesn't create a good image to young kids, especially," he told MPBN's Josie Huang. "They are in school right now. When they come and see the sign, they're going to feel bad."

Police say they expect the graffiti will be cleaned up today because of its inflammatory nature.




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