Governor calls Minneapolis mosque vandalism ‘un-Minnesotan’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is condemning vandalism to a south Minneapolis mosque as “un-Minnesotan.”

Dayton met with about two dozen Muslim community leaders and imams on Sunday morning at the Umatul Islam Center. A burglar was caught on surveillance cameras Wednesday using a hammer to break windows in the center’s offices and school.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports Dayton said he was “deeply offended” by the damage and called the vandalism “so un-American and so un-Minnesotan.” The governor called the act an “assault against the right of everybody in Minnesota to practice their faith as they choose.”

The Islamic center includes the mosque, offices, a weekend school for children and outreach services. Some computer equipment was stolen in the break-in.

Police are investigating and have stepped up patrols in the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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