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Ahiska Turkish American Cultural Center and Mosque. Attacked in US.
Ahiska Turkish American Cultural Center and Mosque.
Attacked in US.
The attack on the Ahiska Turkish American Cultural Center and Mosque took place at 8.15 pm on Wednesday. Masked assailants hurled stones at a mosque in West Springfield, Massachusetts..
A group of masked assailants attacked a mosque in Massachusetts on Wednesday. According to an official and community leader, several windows were broken and no one was injured. The attack took place in the city of West Springfield at around 8:15 p.m. local time (00:15 GMT) at the Ahiska Turkish American Cultural Center and Mosque.
According to Yaşar Çolak, the religious affairs counselor at Turkey's embassy in Washington, D.C., five unidentified masked men arrived at the scene and began hurling stones at the buildings.
"We are investigating whether the attack was motivated by Islamophobia," Çolak told Anadolu Agency. "It is too early to make a comment on this at this moment, but if we come to such a conclusion, we will take the necessary steps," he added.
President of the mosque, Mehdi Osmanlı, said several people were inside the mosque when the attack took place.
He also said that police came to the scene of the attack after approximately an hour and launched an investigation into what happened and whether the attack was motivated by Islamophobia.
The attack on the Turkish mosque took place at a time of rising concerns about the backlash of Islamophobia, a discussion currently at the forefront of American civil life.
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