FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors seek sus­pects in Min­nesota mosque bomb­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors are seek­ing sus­pects after an ex­plo­sive de­vice tore through part of a sub­ur­ban Min­neapo­lis mosque as peo­ple were pre­par­ing for morn­ing prayers, dam­ag­ing a room but not caus­ing any in­juries, author­i­ties and wit­nesses said. The blast hap­pened at around 5 a.m. Satur­day at the Dar Al-Fa­rooq Is­lamic Cen­ter in Bloomington, ac­cord­ing to Bloomington Po­lice Chief Jeff Potts. Win­dows of the imam’s of­fice were shat­tered, ei­ther by the blast or by an ob­ject thrown through them, the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune re­ported.

One wor­ship­per saw a pickup truck speed­ing away shortly after the ex­plo­sion, said Mo­hamed Omar, the cen­tre’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. He said the mosque, which pri­mar­ily serves peo­ple from the area’s large So­mali com­mu­nity, oc­ca­sion­ally re­ceives threat­en­ing calls and emails.

“We came to this coun­try for the same rea­son ev­ery­one else came here: free­dom to wor­ship,’’ Yasir Ab­dal­rah­man, a wor­ship­per at the mosque, told the news­pa­per. “And that free­dom is un­der threat. Ev­ery other Amer­i­can should be in­sulted by this.’’ Asad Za­man, di­rec­tor of the Mus­lim Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Min­nesota, de­scribed the at­tack as a fire­bomb­ing.

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