BAISH| An explosion rattled Bloomington, Minnesota yesterday during one mosque’s early morning prayers. While no one was injured during the explosion, an office building was badly damaged, and Federal investigators immediately came to the scene and started an investigation.
Authorities have stated that the explosion was reported at around 5:05 a.m. The incident took place at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, which sits right outside Minneapolis. The bomb caused the building to catch fire, leaving smoke damage, but no one was injured. The FBI made an announcement yesterday afternoon that they were taking over the investigation.
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The executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, Asad Zaman, spoke at a press conference on Saturday morning. He explained that the explosion happened during the group’s early morning prayers. The imam’s office was the center of the explosion, and he explained that a window was broken, which is where he believes the bomb was thrown into the building. Zaman stated that a congregation member claimed to have seen a pickup truck leaving the scene at high speeds after the explosion. Muslim community members put the fire out before first responders had time to arrive.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, along with the FBI, are working on the investigation together. Police have explained that it is too soon to call the bombing a hate crime.
Zaman has issued a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the bomber. Zaman explained that the center had been the target of threats in the past. He stated, “hate is not okay. We need a better America where people are safe with their neighbors. Targeting people because of their race or religion is absolutely un-American.”