Toronto: Two people arrested after allegedly attempting to break into mosque

 Toronto: Two people arrested after allegedly attempting to break into mosque

Two people arrested after trying to enter into mosque in Toronto

Scarborough, 16June: Two people are facing charges after allegedly trying to enter into a mosque in Scarborough, Toronto.

Toronto police were called to the Islamic Institute of Toronto near Finch Avenue East and Neilson Road shortly before noon.

According to police, two people believed to be under the influence of illicit drugs tried to gain entry into the mosque. Police said a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested, they both are facing a number of charges, including break and enter and uttering threats.

Police did not say why these two people were trying to get into the mosque, which is closed because of COVID-19.

The Muslim community has been on fringe since June 6 when a family of five was struck by a driver in London, Ontario, in a deadly attack police has said was motivated by hatred of Muslims.

Toronto Mayor John Tory acknowledged the incident on social media, saying that threatening incidents such as that “increase people’s fear and anxiety.”

“I want members of our Muslim community to know that we continue to stand with them and condemn this totally unacceptable and clearly criminal behavior,” Tory said.

He further said, “Our work to fight Islamophobia will continue along with all our efforts to ensure no faith community in our city lives in fear.”

Read more: New Zealand’s Jacinda criticizes mosque attacks film

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday panned a movie filmmakers are thinking about making about her response to the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks as poorly timed and focussed on the wrong subject.

The US-backed film “They Are Us” has sparked an intense backlash among New Zealand Muslims, with community leaders slamming the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative.

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