Police, FBI investigate explosion at Minnesota mosque

Bomb blast at mosque during prayers – FBI probe after 'device hurled through window'

Police: No Injuries In Explosion At Bloomington Islamic Center

Bloomington police say the FBI will continue to work closely with them, as well as with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other partners. Worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived, according to a statement from the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim-American Association of Minnesota, told WCCO-TV that a witness saw someone standing by the imam's office window before the blast.

"Someone threw an explosive device and started a fire in the office of the Imam and President of the mosque", the society said.

Dar Al-farooq's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said a congregation member witnessed a truck fleeing at a high speed immediately after the blast.

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Between 15 and 20 people were reportedly gathered at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Centre in Bloomington when the explosion ripped through the building. He said the mosque, which primarily serves people from the area's large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails.

The report came in at 5:05 a.m. "The whole neighborhood was calm".

Trevin Miller, who lives across the street from the mosque, said the explosion woke him up.

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"We came to this country for the same reason everyone else came here: freedom to worship", Abdalrahman said.

The Minnesota section of the Council on American-Islamic Relations additionally said it was putting forth a $10,000 compensate.

CAIR's local chapter says its national office is urging Islamic centers and mosques to step up security.

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Zaman said a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist. Police are saying it is too early to call this a hate crime.

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