Sunday, July 23, 2017

USA: Defiled Quran immersed in lard mailed to Sacramento Muslim group


Lauren Kirk-Coehlo, an ex-Google employee from Davis, pleaded guilty in April to vandalizing the Davis mosque in another incident in January.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The Sacramento Bee
By Stephen Magagnini | July 23, 2017

A container filled with lard and a defiled copy of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, was mailed to the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations last month, a week after two area mosques were targeted, CAIR officials announced Wednesday.

The foul-smelling package arrived by Federal Express on June 28, sent by an anonymous person from Missouri City, Texas.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Matthew McPhail said police contacted the shipping center from where the package was sent and employees of that facility reviewed surveillance footage. That footage indicated the person who sent the package was a white woman in her 40s or 50s.

“We kept it under wraps because we were concerned about copycats,” said the local council’s executive director, Basim Elkarra.

Four days before the package arrived, Masjid Annur in south Sacramento found a burned Quran wrapped in bacon handcuffed to a chain-link fence, and the Davis Islamic Center found dozens of pages torn out of a Quran strewn outside the mosque. Lauren Kirk-Coehlo, an ex-Google employee from Davis, pleaded guilty in April to vandalizing the Davis mosque in another incident in January.

The attacks have received national attention, part of a nationwide trend of anti-Muslim incidents. “So someone figured they could offend us by sending a tub of lard with the Quran in it,” Elkarra said.

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