Illinois Men Suspected in Minn. Mosque Bombing

Michael Hari
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Three Ford County men were charged Tuesday with bombing a Minnesota mosque a year ago in an effort to drive Muslims out of the US, and they and a fourth man also were charged with possession of a machine gun in IL. A statement from the US attorney's office in Springfield said the men were arrested on charges of possession of a machine gun.

Charging documents allege the four men possessed assault rifles from October 2017 to March 2018.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed early on August 5. That's where an IED exploded while five people were in the building. The Illinois U.S. Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hari was arrested as he was traveling to a court appearance in Ford County on unrelated assault charges. Investigators, according to the charges, were given photos of what appeared to be illegal weapons and homemade bombs in Hari's parents' residence. According to the court affidavit, Hari often stays at his parents' home because his home has no running water or electricity.

A confidential source told authorities that Morris said he made the pipe bomb that McWhorter threw into the mosque.

Democratic National Committee deputy chairman and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Wednesday called it "an outrage" that President Donald Trump has not condemned the weekend bombing of a Minnesota mosque as a terrorist attack.

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Hari allegedly told McWhorter's brother when he dropped off the guns, "The police will want to come talk to me; can I keep them here until I speak to them?" said the affidavit.

According to the federal affidavit, one of the suspects, McWhorter, said the group bombed the mosque to "scare [Muslims] out of the country" and to "show them [Muslims], 'Hey, you're not welcome here, get the fuck out'".

Later Tuesday, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that there were still many questions that need answering. "Why this one out of the 75 mosques in Minnesota?" said Asad Zaman, an imam, and Muslim Society of Minnesota executive director. "It suggests that his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, including the right to equal protection under the law, only extends to people who meet certain racial and religious criteria", Ellison said.

Federal authorities in Minnesota say the investigation is ongoing, but they believe there is no further threat to the community.

The Dar Al-Farooq mosque primarily serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area. The three connected to the bombings and a fourth IL man were arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with possession of a machine gun.

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