26-year-old man charged after Montreal mosque vandalized

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WATCH ABOVE: Police have arrested a man in connection with an act of vandalism on a mosque in the east end overnight. As Billy Shields reports, this is not the first time the Tawuba Mosque has been targeted – Feb 21, 2017

A 26-year-old man has been charged with mischief against a place of worship after a Montreal mosque was the target of vandalism early Tuesday.

Montreal Police confirm that Gavin Johnson appeared in court on the single charge.

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Calls came in to 9-1-1 after 3:30 a.m. reporting a disturbance at the Tawuba mosque on Ontario Street E. near Fullum Street.

Officers found broken windows at the front and side of the building and arrested a man nearby.

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The incident follows a similar one on Feb. 2, when the Khadijah mosque in the southwest part of the city was also hit by vandalism.

A 50-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to one count of public mischief in that case and is currently undergoing a psychiatric examination.

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