Videos Show Someone Violently Breaking Into A Montreal Mosque
A federal MP called it a "despicable and hateful attack."
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Videos posted online by the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF) show an individual chasing another person with a baton, entering a downtown Montreal mosque through a broken glass door, and, once inside, violently throwing an object at another glass door.
The CMF identified the place of worship as the Al Oumma mosque on rue Saint-Dominique between rue Sainte-Catherine and boulevard René-Lévesque.
The organization called the incident an example of Islamophobic terror in Canada.
Federal MP for Ville-Marie Marc Miller shared one of the CMF's videos on Twitter, calling the break-in a "despicable and hateful attack."
\u201cDespicable and hateful attack perpetrated at the Al Oumma mosque in Montreal, yesterday. I trust that this Islamophobic attack will be fully investigated by @SPVM ! Worshippers must feel safe as they gather to pray. #cdnpoli\u201d— Marc Miller (@Marc Miller) 1681132760
"I trust that this Islamophobic attack will be fully investigated by [the Montreal police]!" he wrote. "Worshippers must feel safe as they gather to pray."
\u201c\ud83d\udea8breaking news 2/2\nViolent break-in & attack on worshipers mosque Oumma in downtown Montreal\nIslamophobic terro continues across Canada.\nViolente break-in contre des fid\u00e8les de la mosqu\u00e9e Oumma au centre-ville de Montr\u00e9al. \nLa terreur islamophobe se poursuit \u00e0 travers le Canada.\u201d— CanadianMuslimForum (@CanadianMuslimForum) 1681072276
Multiple media outlets have reported that Montreal police have arrested a suspect in connection with this event.
MTL Blog has reached out to the SPVM for more information. We'll update this article when we receive a response.
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