FBI Asked to Probe Omaha Mosque Vandalism as Hate Crime

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha mosque has again been targeted by vandals.

Officials with the Omaha Islamic Center say security video shows two masked men wrapping bacon around the handle of one of the mosque's entrance doors around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and throwing rocks at its glass doors, which were not broken.

The Quran, the holy book of Islam, prohibits Muslims from eating pork, and pigs and pork products have been used to taunt or offend Muslims.

Center general secretary Aamer Baig says Omaha police and the FBI are investigating. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a news release Wednesday calling on the FBI to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

It's the fourth incident of vandalism at the mosque since August.