Federal prosecutors charge three in Minnesota mosque bombing

Federal prosecutors charge three in Minnesota mosque bombing
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Three Illinois men were arrested and charged with the 2017 bombing of a mosque near Minneapolis, as well as an attempt to bomb an abortion clinic in Illinois, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The three men are suspected of using an improvised explosive device to attack Bloomington’s Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in August. The attack caused no injuries but caused damage to the mosque.

The three men — Michael Mcwhorter, Joe Morris and Michael B. Hari — are currently in custody in Urbana, Ill., Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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They were arrested by FBI agents and also charged with possession of assault rifles and an attempted bombing of an abortion clinic in Champaign, Ill., Reuters reported.

The targeted mosque mainly serves Somalians. Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the country.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) called the attack "an act of terrorism" shortly after it was carried out.

"What a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act was committed," Dayton said.

After the bombing, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE was criticized for not speaking out against the attack.

"The president's failure to condemn the terrorist attack on the Bloomington Islamic Center is an outrage," Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonOfficers in George Floyd's death appear in court, motion for separate trials Ex-Minneapolis officer involved in Floyd death asks judge to dismiss murder charge Over 50 current, former law enforcement professionals sign letter urging Congress to decriminalize marijuana MORE (D-Minn.), deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said, according to Bloomberg News.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the bombing.