Maplewood Police Asking for Help in Catching Mosque Vandals
MAPLEWOOD (AP) -- Maplewood police are asking for the public's help in finding two men who defaced a mosque last month.
Police released images from a surveillance video showing what authorities say are two men spray-painting graffiti on the outside wall of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota's Al-Salam mosque. The messages included the number 666 and the words ``Jesus Saves,'' along with a cross and other graffiti.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations says the graffiti included obscenities.
The incident comes about a year after a mosque was bombed in Bloomington. Three Illinois men are facing federal explosives and hate crime charges in that incident, as well as a firearms-related charge.