Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reacted to spray-painting of Swastika graffiti on the wall of a mosque in Edmonton, calling it as ‘hurtful’.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat community issued several photographs on Twitter earlier this evening which purportedly show the Swastika sign spray-painted on the wall of Baitul Hadi Mosque in Edmonton.
“Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is deeply concerned to learn that Baitul Hadi Mosque Edmonton was vandalized with a Swastika sign,” the community said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The statement further added “While healing from the grief of the attack on an innocent Muslim family in London, the congregation is saddened to see this symbol of hatred on their mosque.”
Reacting to the act of vandalism, premier Kenney wrote “I have visited this Mosque many times. A wonderful community made up of proud Canadians who are constantly giving back to our broader community. I hope the hateful vandals responsible for this are identified and face the full legal consequences.”
This comes as concerns are rising regarding hate crime in Canada following the brutal murder of a Muslim family in London city of Ontario last week which left 4 members of the family dead.
The London Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) on Monday announced that terrorism charges were laid against Nathaniel Veltman, 20, who drove a black pickup truck into the five victims at the intersection of Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road in London, Ontario, on 6th of June.