Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Minnesota Governor: Islamic Center IED Blast an 'Act of Terrorism'

Minnesota Governor: Islamic Center IED Blast an 'Act of Terrorism'

Gov. Mark Dayton called the bombing an act of terrorism when he and other officials visited the mosque on Sunday.

The blast happened as worshippers prepared for morning prayers at around 5 a.m. Saturday at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington in suburban Minneapolis, shattering windows, damaging a room but not causing any injuries, authorities said.

"So President Trump is supposed to be the President of the whole of America", said Zaman.

On a stage, imams, priests, rabbis and pastors stood shoulder to shoulder to denounce Saturday's bombing of the mosque's main office, while in an expansive crowd, people of all faiths joined to show love is a force far greater than hate.

Executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota Asad Zaman has announced a United States dollars 24,000 award for any information leading to the perpetrator.

That changed on Tuesday when an adviser to President Trump made it a partisan issue.

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

Minnesota's Muslim community invited the U.S. President Donald Trump to condemn the bomb attack at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington over the weekend.

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Damage of the interior of the building was released to the public.

He also says they didn't receive any threats before Saturday morning's attack or claims of responsibility afterward.

The council urged USA mosques to increase their security following the Bloomington incident.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in Minneapolis are investigating the incident and declined to provide further details on Sunday.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it may have been a hate crime. Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton spoke to reporters about the incident, as noted by StarTribune. Though it's not clear it was a hate crime or an act of terrorism at this point, the result is the same - citizens who already feel marginalized and vulnerable, whether in Rochester, the Twin Cities or wherever, now have more reasons to be fearful and feel terrorized.

CAIR has called for investigations into possible anti-Muslim bias motives in dozens of incidents targeting mosques this year in multiple states in every region of the country including Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Texas.

"I'm sure the President will do that", he said.

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