US Muslims face threats, vandalism to mosques after Paris attacks

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By: Dave Collins/Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Muslims around the U.S. are facing backlash following the deadly attacks in Paris, including vandalism to mosques and Islamic centers, hate-filled phone and online messages and threats of violence.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in the country. It’s reporting a spike in anti-Muslim incidents since the attacks. The council is urging local Muslim leaders to take precautions, including asking for increased police patrols at mosques and urging public officials to condemn hate crimes.

The attacks in Paris killed 129 people and wounded more than 350 on Friday.

Muslim leaders have reported recent incidents targeting mosques in Connecticut, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and other states.