Police confirm Minnesota mosque was attacked, Federal Bureau of Investigation takes lead

Marie Harrington
August 7, 2017

Early morning worshipers at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., were shaken by a blast at 5:05 a.m. that shattered windows in the imam's (Islamic religious leader) office. Nobody was injured in the explosion.

According to the Director of the American society of Muslims of Minnesota, Asad Zaman, he could throw "a van or a truck".

The FBI on Saturday said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device. He says they can not answer the question of whether it is a hate crime at this time.

Since the morning attack at mosque, the area has been shut down as an active crime scene, but it has also attracted well-wishers, from neighbors to other members of the faith community.

Imam Waleed Meneese at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center speaks to media on the day after an explosion in his office.

The bombing took place at a time when anti-Muslim incidents have been rising in the United States, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

It is offering a US$10,000 (Dh36,700) reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

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Omar said the mosque, which primarily serves people from the area's large Somali community, has received threatening phone calls and emails in the past. And just last week, the Minnesota chapter of CAIR called on authorities to investigate vandalism at a Muslim cemetery.

"Dar Al-Farooq Center has been the recipient of a lot of hate messaging, and this is also consistent with the general attitude of Islamophobia that is being promoted", he said.

In a statement outside the mosque, Rev Curtiss Deyoung commented that he and others in his congregation had visited during Ramadan, and that they stand by the worshipers there.

In Minneapolis, an explosion occurred near a local mosque.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in Minneapolis are investigating the incident and declined to provide further details on Sunday.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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