Police investigating explosion at Minnesota Islamic center

06 August, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Police in Bloomington, Minnesota, were called at 5:05 a.m. CDT (1005 GMT) about an explosion at the Dar Al Farooq mosque, after a bomb was thrown through the window of the imam's office while worshipers were gathered for morning prayers.

In midafternoon, the FBI released a statement saying that it is spearheading the investigation.

The explosion appears to have happened in the imam's office and it woke neighbors in the area.

The FBI and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.

An explosion shook a Minneapolis-area mosque during morning prayers Saturday, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation said was caused by an illegal "destructive device".

Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomington Police at 952-563-4900.

One worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away afterward, said Mohamed Omar, the center's executive director.

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He said: "We need an America where people are safe with their neighbours".

"It woke us up instead of my alarm", he said. It kind of shook me - like, you could feel it. "I jumped up and came out here to make sure ... no one was sitting in our living room".

"I felt it on my inner parts", he told the paper.

Last week, vandals spray-painted swastikas and hateful graffiti at the Al Magfirah cemetery in Castle Rock Township, just outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and children often attend weekend "dugsi" services to learn to memorize and recite the Quran, he said.

COPS are investigating after a "bombing" at a USA mosque during morning prayers today rattled worshippers.

"We're here all together in order to defend the values of our country, the values of our faith, the values of our people", said Hamdy El-Sawaf, president of the board of the Islamic Community Center of Minnesota. "And that freedom is under threat".

The Muslim American Society of Minnesota is putting forth a $10,000 compensate for data that prompts a capture and conviction of those mindful, detailed NBC subsidiary KARE. "Targeting people due to their race, ethnicity or religion is absolutely un-American".

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