A bomb was thrown into an Islamic Center just after 5 a.m. in Bloomington, Minnesota, Saturday morning. The bombing occurred while the mosque was preparing for morning prayer. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Minneapolis special agent, Rick Thornton, said the bomb was an “improvised explosive device.”
The local police tweeted that the explosion was “in violation of federal law,” causing the FBI to join the investigation. The device thrown caused a fire to erupt in the office of the President of the mosque. A reported 15 to 20 people were in the mosque when the device was thrown. Fortunately, people inside were able to put out the fire before the fire department arrive.
The executive director of the Islamic Center, Mohamed Omar, told reporters that a worshiper at the mosque saw a pickup truck drive away after the device was thrown into the mosque. The blast was so explosive that people living across the street from the center felt the blast. A member of the community described the feeling like “somebody drove through our house”
The attack is currently being viewed as a hate crime in a list of hate crimes against Islamic institutions. Both the Muslim American Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations offered $10,000 each, for a total of $20,000, as reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have also joined the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forced. The executive director of the Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood of Empowerment said after the incident, “we need your help now more than ever to continue to make Minnesota a welcoming and inclusive community.”
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