Three men from Illinois were charged with a mosque bombing that took place in August 2017. Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; and Michael McWhorter, 29, were also charged with possession of a machine gun, in addition to a fourth man, Ellis Mack.
Someone hurled an improvised explosive device through the window of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, in Bloomington, Minnesota, last summer. Although damage was caused to the mosque, no one was injured or killed in the attack.
McWhorter told an FBI agent during questioning that the three men rented a pick-up truck and drove to the mosque to carry out the bombing, according to an affidavit acquired by Fox News.
They allegedly aimed to “scare them [Muslims] out of the country.”
According to the affidavit, Hari promised to pay Morris and McWhorter $18,000 each to carry out the attack, Morris alleged to an FBI informant. Morris told the informant he made the bomb and McWhorter threw it into the mosque.
The group is also accused of attempting to bomb an abortion clinic in a separate attack. On that occasion the pipe bomb thrown through the window failed to detonate.
Meanwhile in the UK, a court heard evidence that a British army soldier was stockpiling weapons and Nazi memorabilia as part of a plan to create white strongholds in preparation for a race war. Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen is accused of being a member of National Action, which was banned for being a terrorist organization in 2016.
Weapons seized at his house included machetes, daggers and a crossbow. He also had a National Action card that read “White Jihad.”
Extremism experts agree that far-right and Islamist groups exist in a symbiotic relationship, where each uses the existence of the other as justification for its own existence and as a recruiting tool.
This are the first far-right organization to be classed as a terrorist group by the British government.