Minnesota governor calls mosque attack a 'criminal act of terrorism'

Minnesota mosque bombed during morning prayers

At 5:05 a.m. Saturday, Bloomington police responded to an explosion at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, authorities said.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said, "That bomb does not represent Bloomington", and called for a response of love and inclusiveness. One congregant was still outside when he saw a truck pull up to the windows outside Omar's office.

On Sunday, one day after the attack, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, leading a delegation of politicians, visited the mosque and met with about 100 community members to show solidarity.

The director of an American mosque that was bombed on Saturday says he believes Donald Trump's divisive campaign was to blame for the attack by creating a hostile environment for Muslims in general and for Somalis in particular.

One message left by a donor couple on the page read: "We are American Jews who share your outrage and sorrow over the recent attack on your mosque. He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues", he said. Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, said in February that the president "doesn't tweet about everything; he doesn't make a comment about everything" when asked about not commenting on the Quebec attack.

Hamdy El-Sawaf, of the Islamic Community Center of Minnesota, called this is a moment when it's important that people come together "in order to defend the values of our country, the values of our faith, the values of our people".

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Dayton and Smith joined public officials and mosque leaders for a meeting inside the building.

The investigation is ongoing but it has determined no suspects thus far.

"The attacker wanted to divide us but he failed", said Mohamed Omar, executive director of Dar Al Farooq.

Officials say a "destructive device" in violation of federal law caused the blast Saturday in Bloomington, about 10 miles outside of Minneapolis. In the past, the White House has said the president is simply not able to address every incident. CAIR has called for investigations in multiple states, as there have been dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia.

"A criminal act of terrorism against the imam who, thank the good lord, was not present in his office, as it would appear that this person intended".

Omar then paraphrased a verse from the Qur'an: "God said that I created you as a human being, in different nation and tribes, so that you can get to know each other".

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