A family home in Townsville has allegedly been set alight using petrol and spray painted with threatening messages in an apparent Islamophobic attack.
Shani Boag wrote about what happened to her family home on her Facebook page, listing the total costs of the damage at over $50,000.
"Earlier this week our home, the home my mum and I lived in for ten years, the home we ardently look forward to making new family memories in, was broken into, vandalised, and set alight using petrol."
"The actions of a few have had a significant impact on both of us, our home, and our home plans."
"Out of sheer luck, I interrupted their escapade before it could consume the house. Still, the damage is estimated to be over $50,000 in tangible, physical repairs."
Shani explains that her home has had an Arabic sign over the front door since it was built in the '80s by a Pakistani family.
The message is an expression that reads "what god wants," or "God's will," which is the equivalent of saying "wow" or "kudos" when you see something beautiful like an amazing sunset, or encourage someone's accomplishments.
Shani's mother, a Jewish-born baby adopted into a Christian family, kept the message when she bought the house, believing it added to the history of the house.
However, Shani writes that her family is actually atheist, but believed in the values the message portrayed of tolerance.
"These 'people' who broke into our house, who vandalised our walls, graffitied and broke our family pictures, set fire to a bedroom with assumably the intent to leave it to consume the entire home," she wrote.
"They saw this sign over our front door. And they used it as an excuse to follow through with disgraceful actions."
"The saddest part is that their words strewn across our walls accuse not just Stuart and I of harbouring terrorists, but they accuse the equally respectable family before us of hiding them too."
Queensland Police confirmed to BuzzFeed News that an incident had taken place but refused to comment further.
BuzzFeed News has contacted Shani Boag for comment.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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