Somebody threw a bomb by way of the window of a suburban Minneapolis mosque Saturday as individuals have been getting ready for morning prayers, damaging the imam’s workplace however not injuring anybody, an official stated.

The native police division tweeted that a preliminary investigation exhibits that a damaging system brought about the explosion, “in violation of federal regulation,” and that the FBI has taken the lead within the investigation.

The blast occurred round 5 a.m. on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Middle in Bloomington, south of Minneapolis. There have been 15 to twenty individuals contained in the mosque when the blast went off, and worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze earlier than firefighters arrived, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota stated in a information launch.

The society’s director, Asad Zaman, stated at a information convention that a witness noticed one thing being thrown on the imam’s workplace window from a “van or truck” earlier than the blast. WCCO-TV reported that he stated it might have been a fireplace bomb. Mohamed Omar, the middle’s government director, stated a worshipper noticed a pickup truck rushing away afterward.

The mosque, which serves individuals primarily from the world’s giant Somali group, sometimes receives threatening calls and emails, Omar advised the Star Tribune.

“It was 5 a.m.,” Omar stated. “The entire neighborhood was calm. Individuals have been imagined to be sleeping, that is how peaceable this ought to be. I used to be shocked to study this occurred.”

Trevin Miller, who lives throughout the road, informed the Star Tribune that the explosion woke him up, saying that he felt it on his “insides.”

Yasir Abdalrahman, a worshipper on the mosque, stated the explosion was “unimaginable.”

“We got here to this nation for a similar cause everybody else got here right here: freedom to worship,” Abdalrahman stated. “And that freedom is underneath menace. Each different American ought to be insulted by this.”

An FBI spokesman did not instantly reply to a telephone message in search of additional details about the investigation.

The mosque serves as a spiritual middle and group organizing platform for Muslim activists and leaders within the space, stated the society, which is providing a $10,000 reward for info resulting in an arrest or conviction.