Manassas mosque vandalized, hate crime probe sought

A photo of vandalism to a Manassas mosque on Aug. 12, 2014 (obscenities blurred out). (Photo: Courtesy of CAIR)

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A Muslim rights group is asking the FBI and local police to investigate whether vandalism at a Manassas mosque was a hate crime.

The Manassas Mosque on Center Entrance Drive was vandalized sometime between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Vandals sprayed orange paint on the windows and wrote an obscenity. A window and door were also damaged.

Prince William County Police say the damage itself does not indicate a hate crime, but that an investigation could uncover a hate crime if the intent of the vandals can be determined.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations asked police and the FBI to investigate whether a hate crime occurred.

Prince William County Police were offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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