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Men Charged in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Men Charged in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

According to the affidavit, the four men were in possession of assault rifles from October 2017 to March 2018.

Police in Bloomington were called in the early morning of August 5 about an explosion at the mosque, after a bomb was thrown from a van or truck through the window of the imam's office while worshipers were gathered for morning prayers, and the vehicle was seen speeding away. That's where an IED exploded while five people were in the building.

Bloomington police said the bomb only damaged the imam's office at the center and worshippers extinguished the blaze before firefighters arrived. The Illinois U.S. Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the bombing. Charges state Hari sometimes resides with his parents because his home has no electricity or running water.

A second informant came forward and proved information on Hari, McWhorter and Morris, saying they responsible for the bombing in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Democratic National Committee deputy chairman and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Wednesday called it "an outrage" that President Donald Trump has not condemned the weekend bombing of a Minnesota mosque as a terrorist attack.

McWhorter allegedly admitted his involvement in bombing the mosque and the attempt on the women's clinic, and told investigators that each of the three men had specific roles in the attack.

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McWhorter claimed it was Hari's idea to target a mosque, with the intention to "scare them out of the country".

Later Tuesday, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that there were still many questions that need answering.

Hussein and other leaders agree one question remains. "It suggests that his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, including the right to equal protection under the law, only extends to people who meet certain racial and religious criteria", Ellison said. "We believe it is possible one of our neighbors in our communities may have put the target on the mosque forcing the individuals who live in IL to decide to attack a mosque in Minnesota".

The Dar Al-Farooq mosque primarily serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area.

"The President's failure to condemn the terrorist attack on the Bloomington Islamic Center is an outrage". "We are calling every single person of each faith and none, to stand up and speak out about this kind of injustice".

McWhorter also allegedly admitted that the three men tried to bomb the abortion clinic on November 7, again renting a truck to carry out the attack.