FBI Investigating as Improvised Explosive Device Causes Blast at Minnesota Islamic Center

Posted August 07, 2017

A worshiper saw someone standing by the outside window of the center's imam before the explosion, and then saw a truck speeding away from the scene before smoke starting pouring out from the window. "We invite you all to come and be a part of this event".

Police are investigating after a bomb went off Saturday at a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, just as worshippers were gathering for early morning prayers.

Bloomington police say this shattered window is what's left after a explosive was thrown into the window of the Imam's office.

Elected officials, including Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state Rep. Ilhan Omar, visited the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Sunday, the day after it was attacked with an explosive.

"The incident is a symptom of the growing atmosphere of Islamophobia in the United States", the group's communication director, Ibrahim Hooper, said.

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Authorities say the explosion damaged one room but didn't hurt anyone.

We came to this country for the same reason everyone else came here: freedom to worship And that freedom is under threat.

"We have agents, explosives specialists, fire investigators uncovering evidence, developing leads".

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.

The attack on the Dar-Al-Farooq Islamic center is the latest in a string of attacks that took place during and subsequent to the election campaign.

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According to CBS, the fire was small enough that community members were able to extinguish it before emergency services arrived.

"The post-blast environment is very detailed", Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said at an early evening news conference.

Minnesota law enforcement reported 14 anti-Muslim bias incidents past year, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a record high even as other categories have been on the decline.

"We're not only the Muslims who do have this message, but it is Muslims, Christians, Jews, people of faith all over, we believe that the values of our religion (are) totally, absolutely against what happened today".

The Muslim American Society of Minnesota is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the case.

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In Minneapolis, an explosion occurred near a local mosque. The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the rights of all to freely and safely worship the faith of their choosing and we vigorously condemn such attacks on any religious institution.