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Suspects target OKC mosque


OKLAHOMA CITY — Investigators are searching for the vandals who blasted the Grand Mosque of Oklahoma City with paintballs.

Surveillance cameras captured video of a car pulling into the parking lot near the 3200 block of N.W. 48th St. just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Imam Hassan Ahmed said he saw the car and heard what he thought were gunshots.

After the car left, he realized the main entrance had been shot with paintballs.

“I hope this is not a personal attack,” Imam Ahmed said.

Oklahoma City Police and the FBI are now looking into the case.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, fears that this was a hate crime.

“In the last week, we’ve seen six attacks on Islamic centers throughout the country,”┬áCAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani said. “Luckily this center that was attacked here in Oklahoma City, they did have surveillance footage so they were able to see the make of the car.”

The video shows a dark-colored sedan pull into the parking lot and what appears to be paint splattering on to the lens of the security camera.

Most mosques in the metro are equipped with security cameras.

CAIR officials are also helping Islamic centers implement a list of safety guidelines.

“I never expect it in Oklahoma because Oklahoma is a place where you always see diversity and also religious tolerance. It’s just the last place you expect anything to happen,” Imam Ahmed said.