Another false flag hate crime I wonder ?
A spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association said people were shocked to hear of the vandalism this morning.
GARDAÍ HAVE BEGUN an investigation after people arriving for morning prayers at a mosque in Galway found “a considerable amount of criminal damage” caused in the premises.
Windows and locks were broken, and furniture was damaged in the attack overnight at the Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque to the east of Galway city.
The incident took place sometime after evening prayers, which finished at around 10pm last night, and this morning. A number of stones were found in the main prayer space of the building after the vandals used them to break the windows.
Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland Dr Nauman Iftikhar told TheJournal.ie that people were shocked following the vandalism.
“We’re a peaceful community,” he said. “We’ve a very strong relationship with the people of Galway. And we never have any problems with our neighbours.”
A similar act of vandalism saw windows smashed during evening prayers in July 2017.
Dr Iftikhar said: “People were terrified. But the good thing that came out last time was that the people of Galway came in to stand with us.
No one was injured in the incident, and the mosque has handed over CCTV to the gardaí to assist in their inquiries.
“This is a place of worship, of peace,” Dr Iftikhar added. “It’s such a shame for something like this to happen here, where there’s such lovely, generous people.”
In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are investigating a burglary that occurred in Ballybaan, Co Galway on the 29 July 2019.
“A considerable amount of criminal damage was caused to the premises. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”