A homemade bomb was used in what was obviously a terrorist attack Saturday morning at a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Authorities in Bloomington said no one was injured in the blast at the city’s Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, reported CNN.
The FBI office in Minneapolis tweeted Saturday afternoon that the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device.
From #FBIMinneapolis: IED caused explosion at the Dar Al Farooq Community Center this morning.
— FBI Minneapolis (@FBIMinneapolis) August 5, 2017
The FBI is the lead investigative agency and they are trying to determine who placed and detonated the bomb, and why.
Deputy Chief Mike Hartley of the Bloomington Police Department said officers received a report about the explosion around 5 a.m. Saturday, when people were gathered for morning prayers. Responding officers found damage to the building and smoke in the area, the police department said in a tweet.
At a news conference Saturday, a witness said the explosion happened around the time of morning prayers. The witness described running outside after the blast and seeing a car driving away.
A spokesman for the Muslim American Society of Minnesota told WCCO the group believes someone may have thrown something into the window of the mosque imam’s office.
The society’s executive director, Asad Zaman, said the imam’s window was broken and cited a witness who saw someone standing by the window before the explosion.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering a $10,000 reward for info that helps bring the terrorist(s) to justice.
“If a bias motive is proven, this attack would represent another in a long list of hate incidents targeting Islamic institutions nationwide in recent months,” said Amir Malik, CAIR’s civil rights director in Minnesota.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it “fully supports the rights of all to freely and safely worship the faith of their choosing and we vigorously condemn such attacks on any religious institution. We are thankful that there were no injuries, but that does not diminish the serious nature of this act.”