A FRIGHTENING attack by a gang of hooded thugs on an Islamic centre was last night being treated by police as racist.
The group of neds in their late teens and early 20s who hurled eggs into the building while prayers were being held in the afternoon were yesterday branded despicable by one shocked worshipper.
At first those gathered at the centre were astonished at what was happening and didn’t have a clue what had been thrown.
All that was heard were shouts of abuse and the loud noise of a main door banging shut.
The alarming incident happened on Friday, May 7, at the Dar-Ul-Quran Islamic Centre in Paisley Road, Renfrew.
One man, who spoke to the Paisley Daily Express, said: “At the time it was scary.
“The attackers were very abusive and shouting at the tops of their voices.
“Then something was hurled into the building and we didn’t know what it was at first. This has never happened here before and we’re all disappointed. It was a despicable act.”
Police said there was a “racist incident” around 2.15pm while prayers were being held.
There were a few worshippers inside when a main door of the centre suddenly opened and eggs were thrown inside.
No one was hit.
Cops are going through CCTV footage in the hope the thugs were caught on camera. Eggs had been thrown at the building earlier that day.
The troublemakers are described as aged between 18 and 23. Some wore T-shirts and shorts and others jeans. Hooded tops covered their heads.
In an appeal for witnesses a police spokesman said: “If anyone saw or heard a group of young men hanging about outside this centre around the time of the incident we would ask them to let us know.
“We would appreciate any information. Ring Paisley Police Office on 0141 532 5900 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”