Three men arrested, charged in Minnesota mosque bombing

Three men arrested, charged in Minnesota mosque bombing

The three men are suspected of using an improvised explosive device to attack Bloomington's Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in August past year. That's where an IED exploded while five people were in the building. Morris also told the source that Hari said he would pay Morris and McWhorter $18,000 for their involvement.

Each of the men has been charged with arson in connection with the mosque bombing. No one was injured, but the explosion caused extensive damage to the Imam's office.

Law enforcement also had received information in December from confidential sources who said Hari possessed guns and bomb-making materials, said the court filing.

"That bombing that took place last summer has been a tragedy for all Minnesotans", said Greg Brooker, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

According to a 16-page probable cause statement filed in U.S. District Court in Urbana, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received a tip February 19 about potential bomb-making materials at the home of Hari's parents in Clarence. McWhorter described a PVC pipe bomb and said Morris broke a window and threw it in, where it failed to go off, according to the complaint. He claimed that it was Mr. Hari's idea to target the mosque and that Mr. Morris had smashed the mosque's window with a sledgehammer, according to the affidavit.

McWhorter originally denied having any knowledge of the mosque bombing, but according to the complaint, he later admitted to it, stating he, Hari and Morris drove to Minnesota in a rented vehicle.

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It is unclear why the suspects traveled more than 600 miles from their hometown of Clarence, Illinois, to allegedly carry out the attack against the mosque in Minnesota.

Soon after the explosive device was thrown in, the mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said, a member of the congregation rushed outside and saw a truck driving away from the mosque's parking lot.

"It is possible that one of our neighbors of our communities may have put the target on this mosque, forcing individuals who live in IL to attack a mosque in Minnesota", he said. Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the country.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed early on August 5.

Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, called on Minnesotans to call out anti-Muslim sentiments within the community. "We are calling every single person of each faith and none, to stand up and speak out about this kind of injustice".

They were arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and also charged with possession of assault rifles and an attempted bombing of an abortion clinic in Champaign, Ill., Reuters reported.

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