PATERSON — Investigators say two people entered a city mosque during prayer service Monday night and threw rocks at worshipers, but no one was injured.

A release from the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday did not specify whether those two people immediately fled the scene or if they had been identified or captured, but said an investigation was "active and ongoing" and more information would eventually be released.

The release said the reported assault was in the area of Preakness Avenue and Hill Street. The Islamic Congregation of North Jersey is located near that intersection.

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The mosque also goes by the name Masjid Abu Bakr, according to the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which condemned the attack on Thursday.

Prosecutors said that county sheriff's officers responded just before 8:45 p.m. Monday to the report of the two people throwing rocks, but determined that those individuals had not hit anyone.

Authorities are referring to the case as a bias investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office at 1-877-370-PCPO or, or the Passaic County Sheriff's Office at 973-881-4200.

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