Local Mosque and Islamic Centre targeted by vandals

Ottawa Police have charged a 27-year-old man after the Ottawa Mosque and Islamic Care Centre were vandalized earlier this week.

Shawn Le Guerrier faces two counts of mischief and one count of assaulting police.

Windows were smashed at the city's Central Mosque on Northwestern Avenue and the Ottawa Islamic Care Centre on Somerset Street, but no-one was injured.

The president of the Ottawa Muslim Association, Naeem Malik, wants the police to investigate these incidents as hate crimes.

He added that they know that these acts don't represent the sentiments of their neighbours and community members.

Police would not comment on whether the vandalism case will be investigated as a hate crime.