Explosive device caused blast at Minnesota mosque during morning prayer

Bomb blast at mosque during prayers – FBI probe after 'device hurled through window'

"The FBI said the preliminary investigation indicated the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device, but would not characterize the device further", reports Peter Cox of Minnesota Public Radio. No one was hurt, and damage was largely confined to the imam's office.

Since the morning attack at mosque, the area has been shut down as an active crime scene, but it has also attracted well-wishers, from neighbors to other members of the faith community.

"At this point our focus is to determine who and why", FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton said in a press conference.

He says investigators have recovered components of the device. "Then somebody eventually, because of the incentive of the reward, offers information to the police and they are arrested", he added.

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A mosque in the USA state of Minnesota was bombed early on Saturday, while worshippers gathered inside for morning prayers. Police say there were no injuries.

It's national office also urged mosques and Islamic centers nationwide to increase security.

Pictures from the outside show a broken window on the side of the building.

The blast happened at around 5 a.m. Saturday at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.

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Last week, CAIR-MN called on law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting the Muslim Cemetery Al Magfirah in Castle Rock Township. An FBI spokesman didn't immediately reply to a phone message seeking comment. A van or pickup truck was seen driving by before the explosion.

A blast interrupted worshippers at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota Saturday morning around 5am.

Bloomington police said they received a call at 5:05 a.m. reporting an explosion. A worshiper reportedly saw a truck speed out of the mosque's parking lot after the blast.

Authorities are investigating an explosion at a mosque in suburban Minneapolis Saturday that damaged the imam's office as congregants were preparing for morning prayers.

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An "improvised explosive device" caused blast at a suburban Minneapolis mosque when worshippers were gathering for morning prayers, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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