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Someone Left A Pig’s Head In A Bag Outside A Quebec Mosque

It's not the first time this mosque has been targeted.

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Police are investigating after a gift-wrapped pig's head was left on the doorstep of a Quebec City mosque this week in an apparent act of intimidation.

This is not the first time the mosque has been targeted. In 2014, flyers reading "Islam out of my country" in French were posted on the centre's doors. The latest incident occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, which holds special significance for many Muslims, although it's unclear whether the timing was incidental.
Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec

This is not the first time the mosque has been targeted. In 2014, flyers reading "Islam out of my country" in French were posted on the centre's doors.

The latest incident occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, which holds special significance for many Muslims, although it's unclear whether the timing was incidental.

The pig's head was found early Sunday morning, according to a Facebook post by the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. "The police have been notified and have opened an investigation!" the Islamic centre wrote in French.

Facebook: CentreCulturelIslamiqueDeQuebec

The pig's head came in a gift bag adorned with ribbons, and came with a card that read "Bonne Appétit" [sic].

Eating pork is prohibited in Islam, and there have been numerous incidents in the last few years of mosques being vandalized with bacon, pig's blood, or other pig parts.

Mohamed Yangui, the Islamic centre's president, called the vandalism "a waste of time, money, and energy," telling Radio-Canada that the mosque has high-definition surveillance cameras that almost certainly caught the perpetrator.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims called for the incident to be investigated as a possible hate crime, and for the perpetrator to be "swiftly brought to justice." "We must continue to work for cohesive and welcoming communities, where hatred against any group, individual, or institution is simply unacceptable," NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee said in a statement.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims called for the incident to be investigated as a possible hate crime, and for the perpetrator to be "swiftly brought to justice."

"We must continue to work for cohesive and welcoming communities, where hatred against any group, individual, or institution is simply unacceptable," NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee said in a statement.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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