Min­nesota lead­ers visit bombed mosque

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Min­nesota Gov. Mark Day­ton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith vis­ited the Dar Al Fa­rooq Is­lamic cen­ter in Bloomington on Sun­day morn­ing, the day after a bomb rocked the build­ing.

Day­ton de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “so wretched. Not Min­nesota.”

An FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an “in­cen­di­ary ex­plo­sive de­vice” used at the Is­lamic cen­ter con­tin­ued Sun­day.

No one was hurt in the ex­plo­sion, which heav­ily dam­aged an imam’s of­fice at the cen­ter and sent smoke through the build­ing. Win­dows in the of­fice were shat­tered, ei­ther by the blast or by an ob­ject thrown through them.

The blast was re­ported at 5:05 a.m. Satur­day as about a dozen peo­ple gath­ered in a room nearby for morn­ing prayers.

When po­lice ar­rived, they found smoke and fire dam­age to the build­ing, said Bloomington Po­lice Chief Jeff Potts. Agents from the FBI and the fed­eral Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives soon joined the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

AP/Star Tri­bune/COURTNEY PEDROZA

Min­nesota Gov. Mark Day­ton ap­pears Sun­day at the Dar Al Fa­rooq Is­lamic Cen­ter in Bloomington, Minn., where an ex­plo­sion dam­aged a room and shat­tered win­dows as wor­ship­pers pre­pared for morn­ing prayers early Satur­day.

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