Mosque bombing an act of terrorism, Minnesota governor says

Governor Dayton and State Rep. Ilhan Omar at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center

Nobody was hurt in the explosion, but the blast damaged the imam's office across the hall from the worship space.

But following Saturday's bombing of Bloomington's Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, law enforcement and local media outlets have yet to use the word "terrorism" in describing the incident. Fortunately, no one was injured in the explosion.

He said one member of the congregation immediately ran outside to see what had happened, and "saw a truck fleeing from the parking lot".

"It's a place that a family can come and get everything they need", Omar said.

The building housed a mosque, community center and day-care provider.

"What a bad, dastardly, cowardly, awful act this was that was committed", Dayton said in a news conference.

The Muslim American Society of Minnesota's executive director said six groups are offering a reward of $24,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. He added there weren't any threats ahead of the attack or any claims of responsibility afterward.

"It's an act of terrorism, a criminal act of terrorism", the governor, Mark Dayton, said Sunday (Aug 6) during a visit to the mosque, Dar Al-Farooq, in Bloomington.

The FBI is seeking suspects and trying to determine whether the incident was a hate crime.

As Zaman noted in his remarks, Trump has never shied away from exploiting terrorist attacks, sometimes even as they happen.

"He really needs to speak out against these type of things, because those who support him take his silence as tacit support", Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations told Politico.

It took the Federal Bureau of Investigation fewer than 24 hours to acknowledge last year's stabbing attack at a St. Cloud shopping mall as a possible act of terrorism.

Between 2014 and 2016 CAIR recorded a 65 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents where there was an identifiable element of religious discrimination and a 584 percent surge in hate crimes targeting individuals or property.

Now consider this: It has been almost three days since a terrorist attack occurred in a US state and the country's president still hasn't said a word about it.

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



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