Minnesota leaders visit bombed mosque
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.
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.