Boston-area mosque spray-painted with 'USA' graffiti

BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) -- Muslim advocates say a mosque in a Boston suburb of Burlington has been vandalized.

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday that vandals spray-painted "USA" repeatedly on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Burlington.

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The group says the vandalism was discovered early Sunday and reported to police, who are investigating. They say they've posted photos of the graffiti online.

In a statement, the group suggests the graffiti reflects a growing anti-Islamic sentiment that Muslim are not "real" Americans.

The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Massachusetts says the group will formally ask the FBI's Boston office to also conduct an inquiry. John Robbins also says the mosque was previously spray-painted with "USA" graffiti in 2013.

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