FBI Investigates Bomb at Minnesota Mosque

Director of bombed mosque says it lacks security cameras

Despicable attack on freedom to worship

"The goal of the gathering was to show those targeting us because of what we believe that there are many other non-Muslim Minnesotans who oppose their ideology", said Omar.

The Minnesota mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, told the Associated Press on Monday that the congregation does not have enough funds to buy security cameras outside of the compound.

Democratic National Committee deputy chairman and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison calls it "an outrage" that President Donald Trump hasn't condemned the bombing of a Bloomington mosque.

Asad Zaman, director of the local Muslim-American Society, condemned what he called "an arson attack" and said his organization will offer a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Gov. Mark Dayton called the attack "a awful, dastardly, cowardly, bad act". He said the mosque, which primarily serves people from the area's large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. "Every other American should be insulted by this".

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The congressmen released a statement referring to those responsible as "terrorists".

The president's silence - especially after a recent Pew Research Institute revealed 81 per cent of Muslim women, and 68 per cent of Muslim men in the US believe the president is "unfriendly toward American Muslims" - sparked criticism on social media.

The local Bloomington community has also come to the center's aid, defending the mosque and its attendees' right to worship.

Trump who has since tweeted calling out "fake news media outlets" and leaks, has yet to comment.

Would it have killed the president to sneak in a tweet about an "act of terrorism" that occurred over the weekend in Minnesota?

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On Tuesday, the FBI's Minneapolis field office tweeted that bomb technicians "have collected the evidence and Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory specialists are analyzing the bomb components to identify the person who built the device". No one was in the room when the bomb detonated.

One joked: "The only thing missing from Trump's denunciation of the attack on a Minnesota mosque was a denunciation of the attack on a Minnesota mosque". The man in the truck fled in the vehicle after breaking the window, he said.

The mosque administrator at the time said "a congregant saw a man driving a pickup truck, then heard a sound of a banging auto door, before smoke came out and a huge explosion followed". Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton spoke to reporters about the incident, as noted by StarTribune. He added that the FBI lab in Virginia and bomb technicians were assisting in the investigation.

"Imagine a day care gets bombed, you know. When somebody shouts "allahu akbar" as they're stabbing a police officer, its pretty clear its not a case of the mafia robbing a bank, wouldn't you say so?" "And that takes times to fix".

On Tuesday, members of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center took time to thank everyone for being there for them.

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