Local Officials Condemn Bloomington Mosque Blast as Investigation Continues

August 07, 2017 06:34 AM

On Monday, the investigation continues into the bombing of an Islamic mosque in Bloomington Saturday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling the case regarding the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center. Officials said agents collected parts of an "improvised explosive device" at the scene.


As of early Monday morning, federal investigators were not calling the incident a hate crime or an act of terrorism.

Still, elected officials at the site Sunday condemned the incident.

"We want to continue to support Al-Farooq and we want to support this community, and we want to help them rebuild," Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL-Minneapolis), said. "I hope and pray that the perpetrator will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was granted access inside Al-Farooq on Sunday.

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The explosion happened in the religious leader's office. It's across the hallway from where many members prepared for morning prayers on Saturday. 

As the city moves forward, elected officials are calling this much more than just a religious site.

"It's been six years since our Al-Farooq came to the city of Bloomington and established this community center and this mosque, and it has grown to be an important part of our community going forward, " Mayor Gene Winstead said.

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Several groups are now offering up to $24,000 to find who is responsible for the incident.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information to call the FBI Tip Hotline at 1-800-225-5324.

Meanwhile, there is a public event scheduled for Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Al-Farooq to show support.


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