A bomb exploded Saturday in the early hours of the morning at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The building sustained extensive damage, although there were no injuries. A worshiper reportedly saw a truck speed out of the mosque’s parking lot after the blast.
Our colleagues at CAIR-Minnesota are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the bombing.
CAIR’s national office, as well as we here at CAIR-Philadelphia, are urging mosques and Islamic centers nationwide to step up security measures as a result of the bombing.
Jacob Bender, CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director, said: “Regardless of the identities of the alleged bombers of the Minnesota Islamic Center, who we hope will be quickly apprehended, this attack comes in the midst of a nationwide campaign of vilification and demonization of Muslims and the Islamic faith by Islamophobic activists, irresponsible media personalities, and even high-ranking government officials. Only a concerted and united effort by the Muslim community and its interfaith and social justice activists will defeat the voices of hate now transgressing our national values of pluralism, democracy, and justice.”
See Los Angeles Times Article: ‘There is too much anger out there.’ Bombing of a Minnesota mosque leaves Muslims concerned