Rocks thrown through window of Iowa mosque

CLINTON, Iowa — Police have opened an investigation after Muslims in Clinton reported that rocks were thrown through the window of their mosque.

Anis Ansari, president of the Islamic Society of Clinton County, said Wednesday that members who arrived for evening prayers on July 22 discovered a broken window with about 17 rocks thrown through it. He says the mosque is repairing the window, which is attached to an exit door, at a cost of $1,200.

A police report shows officers from Clinton responded that night and documented the damage. The report says police are investigating the damage as criminal mischief.

Ansari says mosque members are troubled by the incident and wonder about the motivation.

The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday asked the FBI to investigate.

Associated Press, 3 August 2011

See also Quad City Times, 3 August 2011