- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is condemning vandalism to a south Minneapolis mosque as “un-Minnesotan.”

Dayton met with about two dozen Muslim community leaders and imams on Sunday morning at the Umatul Islam Center. A burglar was caught on surveillance cameras Wednesday using a hammer to break windows in the center’s offices and school.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1OFQwQb ) reports Dayton said he was “deeply offended” by the damage and called the vandalism “so un-American and so un-Minnesotan.” The governor called the act an “assault against the right of everybody in Minnesota to practice their faith as they choose.”

The Islamic center includes the mosque, offices, a weekend school for children and outreach services. Some computer equipment was stolen in the break-in.

Police are investigating and have stepped up patrols in the area.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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