Boston-area mosque spray-painted

BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Muslim advocates say a mosque in the Boston suburb of Burlington has been vandalized.

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday that vandals spray-painted “USA” repeatedly on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Burlington.

The group, which posted photos of the graffiti online, says the vandalism was discovered early Sunday morning and reported to local police, who are investigating.

In a statement, the group suggests the graffiti reflects growing anti-Islamic sentiment that Muslim are not “real” Americans.

John Robbins, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations in Massachusetts, says the group will be formally asking the FBI’s Boston office to also conduct an inquiry.

He says the vandalism is the latest on the mosque, which was spray-painted with “USA” graffiti in 2013.

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