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3 arrested on gun charges suspected in Minnesota mosque bombing

3 arrested on gun charges suspected in Minnesota mosque bombing

The other two men charged in the mosque bombing with Hari were identified as Joe Morris, 22, and Michael McWhorter, 29. Morris and Hari made their initial appearance on federal charges related to an attempted bombing in Champaign, Illinois, today before Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long in U.S. District Court in Urbana, Illinois. A search warrant was also executed at a store/office owned by Hari, located at 100 S. Main Road in Clarence, according to the USA attorney's statement.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed early on August 5.

The three men - Michael Mcwhorter, Joe Morris and Michael B. Hari - are now in custody in Urbana, Ill., Minnesota's U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

The court document said: "McWhorter said he didn't want to be anywhere near it when it went off".

Each of the men has been charged with arson in connection with the mosque bombing.

McWhorter, Hari and Morris drove from IL to the Twin Cities in a rented pickup truck, the document says. An affidavit says the men broke a window to the imam's office and threw a pipe bomb containing black powder into the mosque.

According to the affidavit, Mr. McWhorter told a law enforcement official that during the attempted bombing at the Women's Heath Practice in Champaign, Ill., Mr. Morris had been dropped off at the clinic in the middle of the night, smashed the clinic window and thrown an explosive device inside. The pipe bomb exploded, causing a fire that was extinguished by sprinklers.

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According to the federal affidavit, one of the suspects, McWhorter, said the group bombed the mosque to "scare [Muslims] out of the country" and to "show them [Muslims], 'Hey, you're not welcome here, get the fuck out'".

Anti-Muslim incidents rose sharply in the United States in the year after the 2016 US presidential election, according to a review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Dar al-Farooq mosque mainly serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area.

"We hope our neighbors will stand with us and not allow a culture of hate foster in our state", said Mohamed Omar, Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center Executive Director. Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States, according to the most recent census estimates.

Officials said at the time that witnesses saw someone throw something from a truck or van before the blast and saw a vehicle speed away afterward.

A video showed the explosion.

"That bombing that took place last summer was a tragedy for all Minnesotans", U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker said, adding that it remains a top priority for law enforcement.


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