Dayton calls Islamic center explosion an 'act of terror'

Thursday, 10 Aug, 2017

A Minnesota mosque was bombed over the weekend, in what the governor calls "an act of terrorism".

The attack at the Dar Al Farooq center, which primarily serves Somali members, occured at 5 a.m. Saturday as people gathered for morning prayers.

No one was hurt in the mosque blast in northern US state of Minnesota at the weekend, but anxiety is accumulating in fear of more hate crimes against Muslims may occur across the country. "He has to come here and at least express his feelings and say this is bad".

Officials believe someone may have thrown something into the window of the imam's office.

The Southern Poverty Law Center also found that the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S. has almost tripled since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015.

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

"The last three days, the mosque has been receiving people from all aspects of the community, including politicians' church leaders and ordinary citizens who left us healing notes, flowers, gift cards and other donations in show of their solidarity with us", said Ahmed.

Nobody was hurt in the explosion, which happened just before morning prayers on Saturday, but the blast damaged the imam's office across the hall from the worship space.

The FBI confirmed the incident was under investigation.

As BuzzFeed reported on Monday, the mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, is asking Trump to visit the center and denounce the attack - even though the President of the United States should volunteer to do that on his own. Over the past six months, Trump has delayed, more than once, his statements to address targeted violence against religious communities like Sikhs and Muslims - especially the ones that were carried out by white suspects. The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota chapter is also offering a $10,000 reward.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton says now that the device has been identified, the investigation is focused on who and why.

Officials with the Muslim American Society condemned the attack and said all indications point to a hate crime.

Describing the attack as "a hate crime", Dayton said that he would be glad to do anything he could do to put a stop on such type of attacks. "It is a criminal act of terrorism". "I jumped up and came out here to make sure ... no one was sitting in our living room".