3 men charged in Minnesota mosque bombing


The three connected to the bombings and a fourth IL man were arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with possession of a machine gun.

The explosion on August 5 rocked the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center early on a Saturday morning. And there was an attempted bombing of the Champaign, Illinois, Women's Health Practice on November 7.

It identifies them as Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; Michael McWhorter, 29.

All four men are from Clarence, 35 miles (56 km) north of Champaign-Urbana. The men are accused of throwing a pipe bomb containing black powder into the mosque before it detonated.

A complaint said a tip in December led authorities to investigate the three men, after a person sent the local sheriff photos of guns and bomb-making material inside Hari's parents' home, where Hari often stayed.

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Federal authorities announced on Tuesday the three have been arrested on gun charges and that they are suspects in the bombing of the Minnesota mosque and an attempted bombing of an IL abortion clinic.

"Michael Hari also has a YouTube channel, and people in town tell us that they were planning on rallying a militia together to try to fight the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said reporter Aaron Eades from our news partner, WCIA-TV.

It wasn't clear from the complaint why the men may have targeted a mosque so far from IL.

McWhorter also allegedly admitted the men threw a PVC pipe bomb through the window of the clinic, but the device failed to go off. The fire was extinguished by the sprinklers. The truck then sped away, the affidavit said. "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. On Jan. 27, law enforcement received information from a confidential source indicating that McWhorter, Morris and Hari were responsible for the bombing.

The complaint also said nothing about a possible motivation for the clinic attack.

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During a press conference Tuesday, Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, thanked law enforcement for their swift action in arresting the three suspects.

Minneapolis FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Bone believes the Muslim community is no longer under any threat from this specific incident.

Its national office also urged mosques and Islamic centers nationwide to increase security. Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States, according to the most recent census estimates.

Mohamed Omar (left), the executive director of the Dar Al Farooq Center Islamic Center, leads afternoon prayers outside the police tape after a bombing a year ago. There has been no news on whether the reward has been paid.

Asad Zaman, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, called on Minnesotans to call out anti-Muslim sentiments within the community. The video didn't show the blast itself.

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