Bombed Bloomington Mosque Did Not Have Outside Cameras

August 07, 2017 04:16 PM

The executive director of a Minnesota mosque that was bombed over the weekend says the building doesn't have outside security cameras.

Mohamed Omar, of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, told The Associated Press on Monday that his community doesn't have the money for security cameras. He also says they didn't receive any threats before Saturday morning's attack or claims of responsibility afterward.


RELATED: Local Officials Condemn Bloomington Mosque Blast as Investigation Continues

Nobody was hurt in the explosion, which happened just before morning prayers. The blast damaged the imam's office across the hall from the worship space.

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Officials say witnesses saw someone throw something from a truck or van before the blast and saw a vehicle speed away afterward.

RELATED: FBI Investigates Blast Caused by IED at Bloomington Islamic Center

The FBI said in a statement Monday afternoon it is working hard to identify those responsible for the crime:

From Rick Thornton, special agent in charge, FBI Minneapolis:

It has been three days since the detonation of an explosive device at the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington, MN. While there are many questions I cannot answer du to our ongoing investigation, I want to assure the community that this investigation is our top priority and we continue to work to determine who carried out this crim and why. These are important questions, and it will take time to develop the information necessary to answer them.

The FBI is working hard to identify those responsible for this terrible crime and to understand why they did it. Every available resource has been and will continue to be focused on this case until it is solved. Those resources include:

  • A Command Center, staffed by dozens of dedicated FBI Agents, Analysts and Support Professionals;
  • The FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA; and
  • FBI Specialty teams including our Special Agent Bomb Techs and Evidence Response Teams.

While it is fortunate that no lives were lost, and the physical damage is reparable, the FBI recognizes the pain and anger of our communities anytime a place of worship is attacked and we will work hard to hold those responsible accountable. I want to personally thank the community for their cooperation and the critical information that they have provided to our investigators. Please continue to assist us going forward. Remember that no shred of information is too small. If you believe you have information that may help us, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI and follow the prompts.  


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