FBI: IED Responsible For Explosion At Bloomington Islamic Center

Federal investigators are in Bloomington Saturday after a reported explosion at an Muslim community center.

Bloomington police say the explosion was reported at about 5:05 a.m. at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center on the 8200 block of Park Avenue South.

The FBI took over the investigation by early Saturday afternoon, and said in a statement that the explosion was “caused by a destructive device in violation of federal law.”

Asad Zaman, the executive director of Muslim American Sociey of Minnesota, says a device was thrown inside as people were preparing for morning prayer.The building sustained fire and smoke damage, but there were no injuries.

A worshiper saw someone standing by the outside window of the center’s imam before the explosion, and then saw a truck speeding away from the scene before smoke starting pouring out from the window.

The broken window of the imam’s office at Al-Farooq Center (credit: CBS)

Worshipers extinguished the fire before first repsonders arrived.

The Muslim American Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations are each offering a $10,000 reward for information about this crime, bringing the reward total to $20,000.

“We hope a reward will help law enforcement authorities quickly apprehend the perpetrator of this act of violence targeting an American house of worship,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Amir Malik. “If a bias motive is proven, this attack would represent another in a long list of hate incidents targeting Islamic institutions nationwide in recent months.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, then select option number one.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken reacted to the explosion on Twitter Saturday afternoon.

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