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Photograph: HINA / Islamska zajednica u Republici Sloveniji / STA / mm

Pig heads were found at the construction site of the first mosque in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana on Wednesday morning, and a police investigation is under way to establish who discarded pig heads at the construction site in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Islamic Community in Slovenia, appalled by the incident, has in the meantime called on other religious communities to condemn the desecration of the future place of worship.

Deploring this "shocking incident,", the Islamic Community's leader, Mufti Nedzad Grabus, said that builders who had arrived for work on Wednesday morning noticed pig heads and a jar full of pig blood at  the construction site and immediately informed the police.

The police have reported that a probe is under way and that perpetrators will be charged with incitement to hatred and intolerance on religious grounds, facing a prison sentence of up to two years.

The Islamic Community warned of an anti-Muslim sentiment being promoted by the right-wing Opposition and the Reporter weekly.

The construction of the first mosque and an adjacent Islamic centre is to be finalised in 2017. The project costs some 35 million euros, a third of which amount has been secured by Qatar and the rest by donations from believers.

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