Monday, 25 September, 2017

Minnesota mosque bombing 'an act of terrorism'

Governor Dayton and State Rep. Ilhan Omar at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center Minnesota mosque bombed during morning prayers
Dexter Carr | 10 August, 2017, 00:10

Saturday morning Dayton arrived with Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, to tour the damage to the imam's office at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center.

"What makes Minnesota unlike no other [city] is how we accept and love members of our community, no matter the religion they practise, the language they speak, or where they come from", Mr Ellison said. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, what appears to have been an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) caused explosive damage to the main office.

On Sunday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called the incident an "act of terrorism" during a visit to the center.

The Muslim American Society of Minnesota also said it would offer a $10,000 reward for information on the attacker.

Though several have expressed commentary on the subject, a statement from President Trump and his administration was noticeably missing.

"This could have been very big and very damaging", said Asad Zaman with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

Trump is now on a 17-day vacation at his golf club in Bedminster Township, N.J., but has sent over 20 tweets so far about a variety of subjects ranging from what he deems unfair media coverage to Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

"The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the rights of all to freely and safely worship the faith of their choosing and we vigorously condemn such attacks on any religious institution", it said in a news release.

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According to the reports, the blast had heavily damaged the imam's office and sent smoke wafting through the large building.

Mr Omar was preparing for early morning prayers when the blast happened.

The FBI is now investigating the incident but hasn't determined whether it is a hate crime. In the past, the White House has said the president is simply not able to address every incident.

Also Monday, FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton reassured the community his agency was thoroughly investigating the attack.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that CAIR-MN has had to call on the FBI to investigate a possible hate crime. That doesn't comport with the president's narrative that all terrorist acts are carried out by Muslims.

Mr. Gorka said that there have been a series of alleged hate crimes in recent months that have "actually been "propagated by the left".

Omar then paraphrased a verse from the Qur'an: "God said that I created you as a human being, in different nation and tribes, so that you can get to know each other".

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