Police, FBI investigate explosion at Minnesota mosque

Jerome Frank
August 6, 2017

Police said that a "destructive device" caused the blast, and local religious leaders suspect that someone targeted the facility with a bomb.

Zaman also claims that a witness saw someone standing outside the window to the imam's office before the explosion.

"It was 5 a.m.", Omar said.

Between 15 and 20 people were reportedly gathered at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Centre in Bloomington when the explosion ripped through the building.

Zaman says the imam's window was broken, and a small fire bomb was thrown inside as people were preparing for morning prayer.

No one was injured as a result of the explosion, which occurred just after 5 a.m.at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center.

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Trevin Miller, who lives across the street from the mosque, said he has heard occasional fireworks in the neighborhood, but nothing like Saturday morning's explosion. One worshiper saw a pickup truck speed off.

Omar said Dar Al Farooq has occasionally been the target of threatening e-mails and calls, usually telling members they don't belong. "We need an America where people are safe with their neighbors".

"If a bias motive is proven, this attack would represent another in a long list of hate incidents targeting Islamic institutions nationwide in recent months", said Amir Malik, CAIR's civil rights director in Minnesota. CAIR said in a report last month that anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States almost doubled in the first half of this year over the same period in 2016.

Authorities are investigating a reported explosion at mosque in a Minneapolis suburb. Other messages at the Muslim cemetery read "666" and "leave you R Dead", according to photos published by the KSTP News. "We are strong and we don't want to lose hope because of things that happen".

The Muslim American Society announced it's offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the "arrest and conviction of the attacker". Worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived, according to a statement from the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

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