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Gatineau, Que., mosque attacked again; spray-painted slurs spark hate crime call

01/05/2012 02:06 EST | Updated 03/06/2012 05:12 EST
GATINEAU, Que. - A second attack in three days on a local mosque is prompting renewed calls for a hate-crime investigation from a Canadian Muslim organization.

The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations urged the move after the mosque was found spray painted with hate messages earlier today.

The attack follows the smashing of windows at the mosque and an attempt to torch two cars in its parking lot earlier this week.

The organization says it is not the first time the mosque has been the target of vandals and it cites similar attacks on mosques in Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, Waterloo and Vancouver.

The organization released four photographs that show what appears to be spray-painted graffiti including the Star of David and anti-Arab slurs.