VANDALS suspected to be Islamists attacked and painted the word “Allah” on church walls in Rincón de la Victoria on Monday morning November 2.
News agency EFE reports that attackers smashed glass, broke a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, spray painted Arabic writing on the walls and damaged a sanctuary of the Church of Our Lady of Carmen near Málaga city.
The Guardia Civil are investigating the incident that was first discovered by the parish priest Fr Agustín Carrasco.
In a statement issued, the Diocese of Málaga expressed sadness at the damage, but quickly said it was an isolated act and not a representation of the Muslim belief.
It said: “The Diocese is determined to continue dialogue and peaceful coexistence so that these acts, as well as the material and spiritual damage, do not produce a deterioration in dialogue based on respect and fraternity between different religious groups that nourish the Universal Church.”
This is the second incident in just over a month in the town with Christian symbols being targeted by Islamic extremists. A Moroccan 27-year-old man was arrested in September after attempting to damage a statue of the Virgin Mary.