Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Morris told the source that he made the pipe bomb and that McWhorter threw it. Morris claimed Hari was going to pay them for the mosque bombing.

They were arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and also charged with possession of assault rifles and an attempted bombing of an abortion clinic in Champaign, Ill., Reuters reported.

The Huffington Post reported that Hari was also a former sheriff's deputy and an IL contractor bidding to build President Trump's wall on the Mexican border.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed early on August 5.

Three men arrested in IL on gun charges are now suspects in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, federal authorities announced Tuesday. The three men were the same trio charged with the Bloomington arson, plus Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, a rural community about 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana. The bomb went off as people were gathering for prayers.

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McWhorter originally denied having any knowledge of the mosque bombing, but according to the complaint, he later admitted to it, stating he, Hari and Morris drove to Minnesota in a rented vehicle.

McWhorter, who said it was Hari's idea to bomb the mosque, said "they did not indent to kill anyone, but they wanted to "scare them out of the country" (referring to Muslims), because they push their beliefs on everyone else", the court document said.

The bomb was thrown into the imam's office. The pipe bomb, constructed of polyvinyl chloride, known as "PVC", exploded, causing extensive damage.

The Dar al-Farooq mosque mainly serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area.

Anti-Muslim incidents rose sharply in the United States in the year after the 2016 USA presidential election, according to a review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Soon after the explosive device was thrown in, the mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said, a member of the congregation rushed outside and saw a truck driving away from the mosque's parking lot. Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States, according to the most recent census estimates. The FBI had offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the bombing. Mosque leaders later released security video from inside the mosque that caught the moments before the explosion, and some smoke and flying debris.

A video showed the explosion.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) called the attack "an act of terrorism" shortly after it was carried out.

"That bombing that took place last summer was a tragedy for all Minnesotans", U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker said, adding that it remains a top priority for law enforcement.

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