Police seek cause of Minnesota mosque blast

Kristopher Drake
August 6, 2017

The FBI says preliminary investigation indicates a "destructive device" is to blame for an explosion at an Islamic center Saturday.

The blast rang out at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington around 5 a.m. CDT, when over a dozen people were gathering inside for morning prayers.

An explosion on Saturday morning at a mosque in a Minneapolis suburb shattered windows in the imam's office but did not injure anyone, officials said.

At least one person has been killed and 10 injured in a suspected terror attack after a man driving a van allegedly shouting "I'm going to kill all Muslims" mowed down worshippers outside a mosque in North London.

Police say there is some damage to the building, including a broken window on the outside.

Law enforcement authorities have not said whether they are investigating the mosque explosion as a hate crime.

There are now no suspects in custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomington Police at 952-563-4900.

After an initial response by Bloomington police, agents from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the investigation.

Several people from other local faith groups spoke at a press conference Saturday at noon to show their support for Dar Al-farooq.

"The churches around and synagogues... nearly all of them came down and showed their support", Omar said.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith included that "however we don't comprehend what happened early today, or who was capable, we as a whole stand together for adoration and acknowledgment, and against abhor and narrow mindedness".

He said one member of the congregation immediately ran outside to see what had happened, and "saw a truck fleeing from the parking lot".

"Each place of love, for all Minnesotans of each confidence and culture, must be hallowed and safe".

The society said in a statement that attendees extinguished the fire at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. "It saddens beyond words to know that someone in our state would set an explosion in a place where children gather every day to learn and play".

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