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POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:43am

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:21pm

Longview area Muslims hope to complete a mosque on the northern edge of the city in coming months, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Islamic Society of East Texas member Saleem Shabazz said the 35 or 40 Muslims planning the worship center are meeting with opposition from some neighbors.

"We expected that," he added. "I don't think we're asking for anything from anyone that anyone else doesn't have."

Envisioned as a 2,500- to 3,000-square foot mosque and cultural/education center, the facility will take the place of an apartment where local Muslims have held Friday prayers for about two decades, Shabazz said.

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