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15 March, 2018

Federal prosecutors say authorities have linked three Ford County men to a bombing last summer at a Minnesota mosque.

Michael Hari, 47, the owner of Crisis Resolution Security Services, and two other men, Michael McWhorter, 27, and Joe Morris, 22, are facing federal charges for allegedly carrying out the bombing on the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center last August in Bloomington, Minn., according to a criminal complaint filed in US district court Tuesday.

Federal authorities say the men were arrested Tuesday in IL on separate gun charges and that they were suspects in the mosque bombing.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed last August just before morning prayers, fortunately the attack- touted as a "criminal act of terrorism" by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton- left no casualties but resulted in a fire and extensive damage to the mosque. Hari was arrested as he was traveling to a court appearance in Ford County on unrelated assault charges.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Mr. McWhorter, Mr. Hari, Mr. Morris and a fourth man - Ellis Mack, 18 - on Tuesday morning.

One of the men, Michael B. Hari, 47, described in an April 2017 Chicago Tribune article how he drafted a $10 billion plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico, citing US President Donald Trump's call for such a wall.

Hari is said to have promised to pay Morris and McWhorter $18,0000 for carrying out the attack.

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The affidavit said McWhorter confessed on Saturday, telling authorities that it was Hari's idea to bomb the mosque to scare Muslims out of the country because they push their beliefs on everyone else.

The men broke a window to the imam's office and threw a pipe bomb containing black powder into the mosque.

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.

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

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

The Islamic center in Bloomington houses not only a mosque, but also a religious school for children.

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. Minnesota is home to an estimated 57,000 Somalis, the largest Somali population outside of east Africa, according to the MN State Demographic Center. The FBI had offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the bombing.


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