Rhode Island mosque vandalized following attack in Nice, France

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - An interfaith gathering will be held at the Rhode Island mosque that was the target of vandalism following the deadly truck attack in Nice, France.

The Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement says the program is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Masjid Al-Hoda, in Kingston, near the University of Rhode Island's main campus.

RICMA says it's calling upon the wider community to stand up against "hate and violence in all forms against any group of people."

Police say someone spray-painted anti-Muslim graffiti in large red letters on the front of the mosque and smashed its windows. It was reported not long after Thursday night's Nice attack.

The vandalism spurred the Council on American-Islamic Relations to call for authorities around the U.S. to increase police patrols to protect Muslim institutions.

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