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Feds join investigation into vandalism at Islamic center in southern W.Va.
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, December 20, 2013 4:13 PM EST
A federal prosecutor says his office has joined the sheriff's department in Mercer County in an investigation into vandalism at an Islamic worship center near Princeton.
Goodwin says the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI will work with local authorities and "will pursue this matter aggressively."
Mercer County sheriff's Deputy E.P. Parks tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph the vandalism involves anti-Islamic sentiments spray painted late Sunday or early Monday.
Islamic center leader Abdul Piracha says the slurs were found on the worship center's exterior and on a sign.
Piracha says the center also was targeted after the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington.
Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com