In response to an explosion that ripped through an Islamic center Saturday morning at the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is labeling the incident “an act of terrorism,” despite the fact that no injuries were reported.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that while visiting the site of the explosion with several other officials Sunday, Dayton called the event a hate crime.
“What a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act was committed,” Dayton reportedly said, “Anything I can do to put a stop to it, I would gladly do.”
The explosion took place Saturday morning when 15 members of the Islamic center were preparing for morning prayers. Reportedly, a person in a pick up truck tosses a firebomb into the window of the mosque. The FBI concluded that an improvised explosive device was responsible for the blast that damaged a room belonging to a imam.
While no one was injured in the blast, the executive director of the Islamic center said the potential for major injury existed. Mohamed Omar, executive director of the Islamic center, said the imam was late getting there, a fact that may have saved his life.
“Normally he would be in there and waiting for his prayer,” Omar reportedly said.
Photos from the scene of Dar al Farooq, an Islamic Center in Bloomington, MN, run by the Somali community which was ‘bombed’ earlier today. pic.twitter.com/7U4YILLBgK
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) August 5, 2017
U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was also part of the visiting contingent. He met privately with nearly 100 members of the center.
Ellison concluded that incident wasn’t isolated, and that hate crimes are on the rise in Minnesota and nationally.
“This is an opportunity for us to reach out to each other.” Ellison said. “There is no better way to react … than to react in a loving, kind inclusive way.”
A $24,000 award is being offered for information leading to the perpetrator, according to Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) August 6, 2017
— Ivory Hecker (@IvoryHecker) August 6, 2017
A Minnesota mosque was bombed this morning: https://t.co/7gkyOUDzXa
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 5, 2017
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