Toronto police say they’re investigating threats made to a local mosque over the weekend.
Constable Edward Parks said officers were contacted about a “suspicious incident” on Saturday.
He said no arrests have been made and no suspect information is available.
Confirmation came after a national Muslim organization shared an excerpt from violent messages it said the mosque received on Saturday.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims did not identify the specific mosque for fear it would make it the target of further threats.
It said the messages included the threat to “do a Christ church all over again,” referring to the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019 in which a gunman killed 51 people.
The alleged threat came just days after the council — among other human rights groups — called on the federal government to come up with a plan to dismantle white supremacist groups.
The council noted in a statement that Toronto’s Muslim community is still reeling from the death of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, a 58-year-old volunteer caretaker who was stabbed to death outside a Toronto mosque last month.
Guilherme “William” Von Neutegem has been charged with first-degree murder in Zafis’ death and is set to return to court on Nov. 5.
Justin Trudeau condemns Islamophobic threats
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says threats made against the Toronto mosque over the weekend are unacceptable.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims says the violent messages were sent to the unidentified mosque on Saturday.
“Islamophobia and right-wing extremism have no place in our country or communities,” Trudeau said.
“We must always stand united against hate or intolerance of any kind,” he added”