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Bloomington mosque explosion – Gov. Mark Dayton visit Dar Al Farooq Islamic center

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Dar Al Farooq Islamic center in Bloomington that was bombed early Saturday morning has received sympathy and support not just from the people nearby, but from people across the US. The sort of support that the Dar Al Farooq Islamic center in Bloomington has received seems to have helped the local Muslim community feel a bit safer, after being devastated by such a massive blast.

Reports suggest that Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith came visiting the Dar Al Farooq Islamic center in Bloomington, merely a day after the explosion that rocked the building. The good thing in the entire episode was the fact that no one was injured in it, though the blast reverberated through the neighborhood and beyond.

When the Governor Dayton came visiting the mosque he was shattered by the damage suffered by the building. He described the incident as “so wretched. Not Minnesota.” The two top state officials joined leaders from different faiths, besides public officials. There was an outpouring of support for the mosque and the Muslim community. Flowers were left near the window shattered by the explosion. One man held a sign that said, “Mayflower Church sends our love and support.”

There is no denying that it was a massive delegation. The delegation of public officials included state Rep. Andrew Carlson, DFL-Bloomington, Mayor Gene Winstead, Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to the Minnesota Legislature, and U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.

In the meantime Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota called the person who bombed the mosque as a bad apple.

In the meantime, the FBI is reportedly investigating into the “incendiary explosive device” that exploded at the mosque. The explosion heavily damaged an imam’s office at the Dar Al Farooq Center and sent smoke wafting through the large building. Police officials claim that the blast was reported at 5:05 a.m. Saturday as about a dozen people gathered in a room nearby for morning prayers and jolted awake many residents of the neighborhood.

The building was on fire even when the police officials reached there Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said.

While detailing the crime, Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said, “The post-blast environment is very detailed…You search the wide area in an attempt to find as many components as you can of the device to help us understand how the device was made. That process is substantially complete. … It was an improvised explosive device that was set off early this morning.”

 

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