Hussein Mohammed Zakir, chair of the Hallunda Mosque in Stockholm. Photo: Fernando Arias/Sveriges Radio.

Hate crimes against mosques to be mapped

Muslim organisations in Sweden will start mapping hate crimes against mosques and prayer rooms after several institutions were subjected to vandalism and threats the past year, Swedish Radio News reports.

Last year a pig's head was placed outside a mosque in Trollhättan in western Sweden. Many mosques reported cases of vandalism and racist graffiti.

Helena Hummasten, chair of the Swedish Muslim Council, said there is an urgent need to assess the threat levels to Muslim institutions in Sweden.

"Many of these facilities are not safe. It's just a matter of time before someone gets injured or worse," Hummasten told Swedish Radio.

According to a report from five years ago, four in ten Muslim organisations had been subjected to criminal activity, and Hummasten said that the situation could be even worse today. 

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