Minnesota Mosque Firebombed During Prayers

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An explosion hit the Dar al Farooq Islamic Center of Bloomington, Minnesota, at around 5am local time on August 5.  There were about 15-20 people inside the building at the time. Worshipers swiftly extinguished the blaze.

The FBI said the explosion was caused by an “an improvised explosive device.”

A witness told the Muslim American Society of Minnesota they saw someone throw something from a van at the imam’s office window just before the blast went off. Another reported said they saw a truck driving away after the explosion.

“It’s sad and just an inhumane act,” Mohamed Omar, executive director of the mosque told the LA Times. “There is too much anger out here.”

Local faith leaders from other communities, including Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches and Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, issued statements of solidarity with the Muslim community.

The Muslim American Society and the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations have each offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to a conviction.

The FBI and local police are investigating the incident.

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.