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Philadelphia police are stepping up patrols around Islamic worship sites and the city’s mayor has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of “anyone engaged in a hate crime” after early-morning prayers at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society were disrupted by the discovery Monday of a severed pig’s head on the mosque’s doorstep.
“Someone tried to desecrate the mosque and its peaceful people,” Mayor Michael Nutter (D) said Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “That, of course, will not be tolerated.”
Nutter condemned the “ignorant act” at a City Hall news conference, where, the newspaper reported, “shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits.”
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said no arrests have been made in the incident outside the west Philadelphia mosque, according to the Associated Press. Ramsey said the department is attempting to enhance security video that shows someone throwing the pig’s head from the passenger side of a red pickup truck that drove by the building twice Sunday night.