Bomb suspected in morning blast at United States mosque

Bomb blast at mosque during prayers – FBI probe after 'device hurled through window'

A preliminary investigation found that a destructive device "in violation of federal law" caused the explosion, the local police department said.

Fifteen to 20 people were in the Islamic center at the time of the blast for morning prayers, according to the AP. The explosion set fire to the imam's office, according to The Washington Post.

A law enforcement official photographs the scene of an early morning explosion Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn.

A blast caused by what the Federal Bureau of Investigation called "an improvised explosive device" rocked a Bloomington Islamic center before dawn Saturday, just as a small group of Muslim worshipers had gathered for the day's first round of prayers.

"An attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue, is an attack on a church, it's an attack on all faith communities", said Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches.

Though the mosque sustained fire and smoke damage, no one was injured. Authorities have recovered parts of the device and are figuring out how it was put together.


"Every other American should be insulted by this", Yasir Abdalrahman, a worshiper, told the Politico magazine. Community members extinguished the fire before first responders arrived.

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.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton says now that the device has been identified, the investigation is focused on who and why. The Islamic society has offered $10,000 reward for information that can help track the suspect. "Is it a hate crime?"

Mohamed Omar, the executive director of the mosque speaks during an interfaith press conference following the explosion.

The blast was reported at 5:05 a.m.as about a dozen people gathered in a room nearby for morning prayers, and jolted awoke many residents of the neighborhood. "We are thankful that there were no injuries, but that does not diminish the serious nature of this act".

According to an analysis by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in May, 2,213 anti-Muslim bias incidents occurred in the United States past year, up 57 percent from 2015, according to Reuters.

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