Machete-wielding man vandalizes mosque, leaves bacon at door

Surveillance video shows man entering mosque

By Derick Hutchinson - Web Editor

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A man with a machete vandalized a Brevard County mosque and left pork at the front door of the building, according to police.

The Islamic Society of Central Florida’s Masjid Al-Munin at 1011 South Washington Avenue in Titusville was vandalized Friday night, police said.

Officers said several cameras, lights and windows were broken and bacon was left near the front door of the mosque. Pork is prohibited in Islam, a faith followed by 1.6 billion people  worldwide.

Surveillance video shows a man entering the mosque carport around 11 p.m. Friday and pulling out a machete to damage the mosque, police said.

The incident was reported Saturday morning. No arrests have been made.

"We’ll be asking state and federal investigators to investigate this as a hate crime,” said Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, based in Washington.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 321-264-7800 or remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by calling Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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