Toronto: Just days after the horrific murder of a Muslim family in Ontario, another Islamophobic incident occurred in which two people tried to break into a mosque.
“Two people were arrested Tuesday after allegedly trying to enter a mosque in Scarborough and threatening building staff, according to a CBC News report.
Police said they responded to a call from the Islamic Institute of Toronto at 1630 Neilson Rd, near Morningside Avenue and Finch Avenue East.
The CBC reported that a man and a woman tried to enter the building and uttered threats. “The intruders threatened to set off an explosive,” it added.
Police recovered no weapons or explosives while making the arrests. There is no word on charges so far.
“They were believed to be under the influence of illicit drugs,” police said in a statement.
The statement added: “Although there is currently no evidence that this is a hate motive, out of prudent consideration, our hate crime department has been notified and will support the ongoing investigation.”
According to CBC News, the intruder tried to break into the mosque after passing through the open gate.
“They started banging the main door, but couldn’t get in, so they went around, tried the side doors, gym doors, but none were open,” Fareed Amin, the chair of the Islamic Institute of Toronto, told the publication.
According to reports, although there were no reports of physical injuries, the custodian was “a little shaken”.
Amin said that due to the recent attack in London, Ontario, the members of the mosque were nervous.
Toronto police said that the investigation is still in the early stages and they will continue to keep the public informed of the latest situation as the investigation progresses.