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Mosque sprayed with racist graffiti

Neighbours of the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre are reeling after racist graffiti was scrawled across the front of the Port Coquitlam mosque Wednesday night. - JENNIFER GAUTHIER/THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Neighbours of the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre are reeling after racist graffiti was scrawled across the front of the Port Coquitlam mosque Wednesday night.
— image credit: JENNIFER GAUTHIER/THE TRI-CITY NEWS

Neighbours of the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre are reeling after racist graffiti was scrawled across the front of the Port Coquitlam mosque Wednesday night.

The word "sandniggas" was spray-painted onto the front of the building and was visible to drivers and local businesses along the Kingsway Avenue industrial strip.

Bill Thomson, a worker at Boyd Autobody and Glass across the street from the mosque, said it is the first time he has seen any vandalism on the neighbouring property since it opened six years ago.

"We were going to go over and wash it off," he said. "It's absolutely disgusting."

Thomson said the employees at the auto body decided against cleaning up the mess, believing it could create issues with the mosques insurance company.

So far, a formal complaint has not been made to the Coquitlam RCMP and the mosque's management were unable to comment by the Tri-City News' deadline.

However, Const. Kristina Biro said that if the incident was reported, police would look into the matter.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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