St. Cloud faith leaders support Muslim community

Central Minnesota Islamic Center in St. Cloud
Abdul Kulane points out some of the damage done recently to a window during a tour and meeting of local community and faith leaders at the Central Minn. Islamic Center in St. Cloud, Dec. 21, 2014.
Kimm Anderson / St. Cloud Times via AP

Religious leaders from the St. Cloud area are standing with the Muslim community after a mosque was damaged by vandals four times in one month.

Faith leaders met Sunday at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center to discuss the issue and see the damage, the St. Cloud Times reports.

St. Cloud police are still investigating and patrols have been increased. The vandalism has included broken windows on the center and vehicles. In one incident, a window was shot 10 times with a pellet gun.

Center spokesman Mohamoud Mohamed says he doesn't understand why someone would target a building meant for peace.

The Rev. Randy Johnson is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church. He says a small minority is causing the damage, and those voices don't speak for the community.

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