Blast investigated at Bloomington Islamic Center

Blast investigated at Bloomington Islamic Center

Zaman also claims that a witness saw someone standing outside the window to the imam's office before the explosion.

Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF are investigating on site at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center near Interstate 494 and Portland Avenue South.

The explosion took place inside the imam's office, which was adjacent to a prayer area in the mosque, Hussein said.

The blast at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington happened just after 5 a.m. local time as the mosque was preparing for Fajr, or the early-morning prayer, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota said.

"Preliminary investigation indicates the explosion was caused by a destructive device in violation of federal law", the FBI's Minneapolis division said on Twitter.

Deputy Chief Mike Hartley of the Bloomington Police Department said officers received a report about the explosion around 5 a.m. (6 a.m. ET) Saturday. "We need an America where people are safe with their neighbors". CAIR said in a report last month that anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States almost doubled in the first half of this year over the same period in 2016.

Yasir Abdalrahman, a worshipper at the mosque, said the explosion was "unimaginable".

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The center attracts Muslims from around the metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Other messages at the Muslim cemetery read "666" and "leave you R Dead", according to photos published by the KSTP News.

"One of our congregation members came out immediately and saw a truck fleeing ... at high speed", he said at a press conference.

"An attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue is an attack on a church", said Curtiss Deyoung, CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches.

Zaman said the blast appears to be a hate crime, and the society is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

This story has been corrected to show that the group is called the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, not the Muslim-American Association of Minnesota.

"This building is more than a religious symbol", she said in a statement. "We're here to help each other, to support each other".

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