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Homeowner: 'Ter­rorist' scrawled on exterior wall

SAN ANTONIO - Northwest side homeowner Tahir Khan said he was shocked when his neighbors asked him on Thursday if he’d looked at the side of his house.

Khan said what he saw on Independence Day was graffiti scrawled on a brick wall.

“The word was 'terrorist,' which, for me, is very unacceptable,” said Khan, a Pakistani-American. “I live in America and I love this country.”

Khan, who has been in the U.S. since 1978 and an American citizen since 1982, said whoever wrote the word on his wall did it in broad daylight.

With the help of his neighbors, Khan said they were able to remove it.

Khan said he did not let the incident stop him that night from seeing the fireworks downtown, only to get a frantic call from his wife.

He said she told him she’d heard banging and then fireworks exploding as they hit their front door.

“I don’t know who did it, but whoever did it is wrong,” Khan said.

He said he contacted San Antonio police and the Council on American-Islamic Relations that has called on the FBI to also look into the incident.

“This was organized and well-planned against this family,” said Sarwat Husain, the spokeswoman for the council’s local chapter.

Husain also said what happened at Khan’s Northwest side home was one of a handful of similar incidents in San Antonio on the Fourth of July.

She said those ranged from acts of vandalism to a boy being beaten by attackers calling him a terrorist.

“We are as American as anybody else,” Husain said.

She also expressed frustration at the hatred against Muslim-Americans long after 9/11.

Khan said the incidents have unfairly affected him and his family, given that he’s raised his children to be good citizens.

“They know that any time our country needs them, we are here,” Khan said. “Our life and death belongs to this country.”  


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