Ellison Calls on Trump to Condemn Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Three men arrested in Illinois are suspected in last year's bombing of a Minnesota mosque

Three men arrested in Illinois are suspected in last year's bombing of a Minnesota mosque

According to the USA attorney's office in Springfield, Michael B. Hari, Joe Morris, and Michael McWhorter are suspected of carrying out the Bloomington attack, as well as attempting to bomb the Women's Health Practice abortion clinic in Champaign, Illinois, in November.

Hari, 47, all of Clarence, Illinois, are accused of using an explosive device to maliciously destroy and damage the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center and are in custody in Urbana, Illinois. No one was injured in the blast.

Morris told one informant that Hari had promised to pay him and McWhorter $18,000 for participating in the mosque bombing, according to the complaint. "A search warrant was also executed at a store/office owned by Hari, located at 100 S. Main Road in Clarence (Illinois.)" Even as officials in Illinois sorted through charges against the quartet, federal authorities in Bloomington, Minnesota, were announcing the mosque-related developments late Tuesday afternoon.

Federal agents on Tuesday morning said they "executed search warrants at the home of Hari's parents, in Paxton, Ill".

He also said it was Hari's idea to target a mosque, with the intention to "scare them out of the country".

The Huffington Post reported that Hari was also a former sheriff's deputy and an IL contractor bidding to build President Trump's wall on the Mexican border.

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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.

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. A fourth man, Ellis Mack, 18, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a machine gun, but is not linked to the bomb attacks.

Anti-Muslim incidents rose sharply in the United States in the year after the 2016 USA presidential election, according to a review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"This is definitely a relief that this case is finally to conclusion and those assailants-slash-suspects are apprehended and no longer a threat to our community", Hussein told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The mosque primarily serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area. Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States, according to the most recent census estimates. The mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said the vehicle immediately sped away. The video didn't show the blast itself.

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