Minnesota governor: Mosque blast 'an act of terrorism'

Minnesota governor: Mosque blast 'an act of terrorism'
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Sunday said the bombing of a suburban mosque one day earlier was “an act of terrorism.”

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Dayton and several other officials visited the mosque on Sunday, one day after someone threw a homemade explosive device through a window. 

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"What a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act was committed," Dayton said, calling it a hate crime. 

"Anything I can do to put a stop to it, I would gladly do.”

The FBI said Saturday that an improvised explosive device was responsible for the blast at Bloomington’s Dar Al Farooq Community Center.

No one was injured, but a room belonging to a imam was reportedly damaged.

The executive director of the Islamic center said it might have been much worse, the Star-Tribune reported, saying that the imam running a few minutes late may have saved his life. 

“Normally he would be in there and waiting for his prayer,” Omar told the Star-Tribune.