Islamic school broken into, vandalized

Vandals broke into a small Islamic private school last week, smashing computers and tablets in an administrative office and throwing books around a hallway, according to a school official. Dr. Khaled Abdelkader, chairman of the board of directors at Alhuda Academy on East Mountain Street, said officials had not found evidence the school was targeted for its religious affiliation. The school, founded in 2001, has about 110 students — prekindergarten to eighth grade — who focus on Arabic and Islamic studies along with regular elementary and middle school curriculums. Anyone with information about the break-in can call Worcester detectives at 508-799-8651 or send an anonymous message at, police spokeswoman Kathleen A. Daly said in an e-mail.


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