A mosque and a Muslim-owned business have been vandalized in what's being condemned as a hate crime.
The graffiti, which is Islamophobic in nature, was discovered at the Masjid Al-Nur mosque in north Minneapolis on Thursday, triggering a police investigation.
On Friday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tweeted his reaction to the vandalization, noting that Masjid Al-Nur is the mosque he attends for worship services:
"This behavior is intended to intimidate," Ellison, a former congressman and the first Muslim elected to Congress, said. "Well, we aren’t intimidated."
CAIR-MN, a Muslim civil rights group, have launched an online fundraiser to help the mosque pay for cleaning and painting. They're seeking $3,000; they've raised a little over half that as of this writing.
The business that was also targeted in the attack has not been identified.
This is the latest in a series of similar attacks on mosques in Minnesota, with at least one having made national news.
One of the more notorious incidents was the 2017 pipe bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, which resulted in hate crimes charges against three men from Illinois.
In 2018, hate crimes involving violence against individuals hit a 16-year high, according to data from the FBI.