Cambridge, Ont., mosque vandalized in ‘act of hate’

A mosque in Cambridge, Ont., has been vandalized in what officials are calling an act of hate.

Baitul Kareem Mosque is facing extensive damages worth tens of thousands of dollars, including stolen property, according to a statement by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada on Thursday.

The statement continues, calling this an “act of hate, with damages exceeding tens of thousands of dollars including stolen property.”

The statement said Islamic literature was also targeted and dozens of boxes filled with books and flyers were destroyed.

“We are deeply troubled to learn of this attack on the Baitul Kareem Mosque,” said Lal Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada.

“Our mosques have always served as symbols of peace in the community, and it is hurtful for us to see our mosque attacked and vandalized in this fashion.”

The statement said the national Canadian Muslim community is “shocked” to learn about the incident.

The statement said police are investigating the incident and “have collected evidence at the scene.”

Meanwhile, the organization said it has heightened security measure at its mosques and prayer centres across Canada.