Police patrols have increased at an Orange County mosque after the religious institution was hit with a hate attack, authorities said.
A burned and torn copy of the Koran was found during New Year's Day prayers at the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County. It was the second time in about two weeks that a desecrated Koran was found at the mosque, according to KTLA News.
"This deplorable incident is a form of anti-Islamic assault, hate crime and terror campaign against American Muslims," a statement on the Costa Mesa mosque's website read. "Even more, it is a great offense against 1.2 billion Muslim followers worldwide because it defiles their holiest and most sacred divine book."
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