Nfld. & Labrador

Vandals strike building intended to be new mosque in Conception Bay South 

Plans for a much-needed mosque near St. John's have come to light through an act of vandalism at the work site.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims posted this photo of vandalism at Baitul Ehsaan, a mosque under renovation in Conception Bay South. (National Council of Canadian Muslims/Facebook)

Plans for a much-needed mosque near St. John's have come to light through an act of vandalism at the work site.

Safwan Choudhry of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada says local members of his organization discovered smashed windows, shattered light bulbs and a kicked-in fireplace in a building in Conception Bay South on Thursday.

He said in an interview Tuesday that the group had just begun work on the building to convert it into a mosque and had not yet publicly announced the project, and there were no signs indicating what was planned.

Choudhry says police quickly identified three minors as the vandals and, in keeping with the spirit of the future mosque, the group has forgiven them and will not press charges.

Choudhry says he doesn't know the motive behind the damage but says it's disappointing nonetheless and will likely cost more than $10,000 to fix.

Const. James Cadigan of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary confirmed Tuesday that police responded to a call of property damage Thursday afternoon in Conception Bay South.

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