FBI in­ves­ti­gat­ing ex­plo­sion at mosque

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - — Karin Brul­liard and Amy B Wang

An ex­plo­sion shook a Min­neapo­lis-area mosque dur­ing morn­ing prayers Satur­day, and an FBI of­fi­cial said it was caused by an “im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice.”

No one was wounded in the blast at Dar Al-Fa­rooq Is­lamic Cen­ter in Bloom­ing­ton, Minn., which took place as a small num­ber of wor­shipers gath­ered shortly af­ter 5 a.m. Mo­hamed Omar, the cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said in an in­ter­view that he was in­side the mosque pre­par­ing for morn­ing prayers when he felt a “huge ex­plo­sion” that quickly caused smoke and flames. Omar said another per­son present later told him he had heard the sound of a win­dow break­ing and then a pickup truck flee­ing out­side.

Jay­lani Hus­sein, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Min­nesota chap­ter of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions, said 15 to 20 wor­shipers are typ­i­cally present for morn­ing prayers. The ex­plo­sion took place in­side the imam’s of­fice, which was next to a prayer area in the mosque, Hus­sein said. Another “over­flow” prayer area be­hind the imam’s of­fice was also empty, he said.

Nei­ther the FBI nor the Bloom­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment, which ini­tially re­sponded to the ex­plo­sion, spec­u­lated on a mo­tive for the in­ci­dent.

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