Early Saturday morning, as members of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington prepared to say their morning prayers in the center's mosque, a firebomb was through through the window of the imam's office, starting a fire that was quickly extinguished. Early morning prayer usually involves older worshippers who live near the center, he said.
The group's director, Asad Zaman, told reporters that "a witness saw something being thrown at the imam's office window from a van or truck before the blast".
The FBI on Sunday said an improvised explosive device caused damage at an Islamic mosque and community center in the Minnesota city of Bloomington.
The Star Tribune also reports that mosques in Minnesota have experienced decreased attendance in recent months, with some Muslims praying at home out of fear for their safety.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomington police at 952-563-4900.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said acting secretary Elaine Duke is aware of the explosion and is in contact with law enforcement and local community leaders.
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Franken said in another tweet, "Violence like this has no place in Minnesota and no place in America".
"The swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrator will send a clear message that attacks on mosques, or on any other American houses of worship, will not be tolerated", said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. Their investigations will be crucial in determining what happened this morning.
Several people from other local faith groups spoke at a press conference Saturday at noon to show their support for Dar Al-farooq.
The blast happened at around 5 a.m. Saturday at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. "I'm confident the investigation will get to the bottom of this".
Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are participating in the investigation.
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