Mosque bombed; no one in­jured

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

BLOOM­ING­TON, Minn. — Some­one ap­par­ently threw a bomb through the win­dow of a sub­ur­ban Min­neapo­lis mosque on Sat­ur­day as peo­ple were pre­par­ing for morn­ing prayers, dam­ag­ing the imam’s of­fice but not in­jur­ing any­one, an of­fi­cial said.

The Bloom­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment tweeted that a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows that a de­struc­tive de­vice caused the ex­plo­sion, “in vi­o­la­tion of fed­eral law,” and that the FBI has taken the lead in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The blast hap­pened around 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-Fa­rooq Is­lamic Cen­ter in Bloom­ing­ton, south of Min­neapo­lis. There were 15 to 20 peo­ple in the mosque when the blast hap­pened, and wor­ship­pers man­aged to ex­tin­guish the blaze be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived, the Mus­lim Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Min­nesota said in a news re­lease. The so­ci­ety is of­fer­ing a $10,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that leads to an ar­rest or con­vic­tion.

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