'Destructive device' caused explosion at Bloomington mosque

  • 'Destructive device' caused explosion at Bloomington mosque

'Destructive device' caused explosion at Bloomington mosque

Deputy Chief Mike Hartley of the Bloomington Police Department said officers received a report about the explosion around 5 a.m. (6 a.m. ET) Saturday.

Police said it is too early to call the incident a hate crime, according to CNN affiliate WCCO.

After an initial response by Bloomington police, agents from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took over the investigation.

Mohamed Omar, executive director of the center, said one worshiper saw a pickup truck speed out of the mosque's parking lot just after the blast.

Yasir Abdalrahman, a worshipper at the mosque, said the explosion was "unimaginable".

"Preliminary investigation indicates the explosion was caused by a destructive device in violation of federal law", the FBI's Minneapolis division said on Twitter.

Several people from other local faith groups spoke at a press conference Saturday at noon to show their support for Dar Al-farooq.

"An attack on any of a place of worship is an attack on all places of worship", Arthur Murray, the pastor of a Bloomington church, added.

A $10,000 reward also is being offered by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

The inside has gotten undermining telephone calls and messages before, Omar told the Star Tribune.

A spokesman for the Muslim American Society of Minnesota told the TV station it believes someone may have thrown something into the window of the mosque's imam's office.

A city manager told the paper that he has not seen any evidence of 2,000 people gathering at the site. "I have a little girl that as a rule lives with me, and to wake up to this, it resembles, what the heck, this shouldn't be going on comfortable doorstep".

Dar Al-farooq Islamic Center serves as a religious center and a community organizing platform.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith included that "however we don't comprehend what happened early today, or who was capable, we as a whole stand together for adoration and acknowledgment, and against abhor and narrow mindedness".