'This is a hate crime': Pig's head left outside Gold Coast mosque shocks Muslim leaders
Australia Queensland Police arrested a 21-year-old woman over an incident that involved the placing of a pig's head and heart at the entry of a mosque on the Gold Coast in the early hours of Friday morning.
The woman from the suburb of Southport was charged with wilful damage and is due to appear at Southport Magistrates Court on 11 November.
A pig's heart was also placed in the bag.
The bag with animal remains was placed on a Friday, the holiest day of the week for Muslims, and just a day before the National Mosque Open Day, which is held annually on 29 October. The day is aimed at inviting non-Muslims to mosques to learn more about Islam.
Queensland Police Service said in a statement to SBS News that local and specialist police officers have been engaged to support the mosque and the wider community.
"The Queensland Police Service and Counter Terrorism Investigation Group take all instances of threats against cultural and religious communities with the utmost seriousness," a spokesperson said.
"Gold Coast detectives utilise a vast intelligence network and operational investigative strategies.
Mr Goss described the incident as a targeted "hate crime" and has implored the authorities to track down who was responsible.
"They're sending a message to us saying, I presume, that, 'we can do what we want to do and we will bring your religion down'," Mr Goss said.
"They've got the dirtiest animal to do the dirtiest job in a sense, on the most sacred day, a Friday."
"We will get to the bottom because this is a hate crime."
"Islamophobia is alive and well. It is important we take this seriously," he wrote on Facebook.
"A spark becomes a fire, and we don't want to see that happen in Australia."