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More police protection requested after more vandalism at St. Cloud’s Islamic Center

Four incidents of vandalism in the past month prompted CAIR-MN to ask for stepped-up police presence in the area.

A fourth recent incidence of vandalism at the Central Minnesota Islamic Center in St. Cloud has prompted Muslim leaders to ask for increased police presence in the area.

The latest incident happened Monday when a window was broken while the building was occupied.

No one has been injured in the incidents, but area Muslims said they have begun to fear for their safety. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on Islamic-American Relations has formally asked for more police protection in the area.

Broken windows on vehicles at St. Cloud area mosques also have been reported in recent weeks.

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St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson told the St. Cloud Times that special details have been assigned to the area, and that while he suspects the incidents are connected, there is no proof.

Earlier, police had asked for the public’s help in solving the vandalism incidents at Muslim properties.