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Members of American militia admit to Minnesota mosque bombing

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Members of American militia admit to Minnesota mosque bombing

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota at the time, called the attack a “criminal act of terrorism”.

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Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota at the time, called the attack a “criminal act of terrorism”.

Members of an American militia have admitted to bombing a Minnesota mosque in 2017.

Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris admitted to a number of charges. Police say the two bombed the mosque as an attempt to scare Muslims into leaving America, with the message that they are not welcome in the country.

The pair admitting to driving to the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis, breaking a window and throwing a lit pipe bomb and gasoline mixture inside.

Michael McWhorter

Joe Morris

No-one was hurt in the attack, but the imam’s office was heavily damaged.

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota at the time, called the attack a “criminal act of terrorism”.

Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota told AFP that a number of blogs by militia groups are referring to the Muslim community as a threat to be eliminated.

He also said the bombers failed in their goal:

They wanted to attack the Muslim community. They wanted for the Muslim community to fear. And they wanted the Muslim community to run away. Here today we’re here as a community,… we’re not going anywhere. We’re more resilient than ever.

Despite many calling the bombing an act of terrorism, and court documents mentioning a “domestic terrorist organisation”, the two were not tried on terrorism charges. Prosecutors instead relied on hate crime and explosive charges.

The mandatory minimum for all charges is 35 years.

The White House refused to comment on the explosion at the time, saying it would provide comment when it has “some kind of finalised investigation”. President Trump’s deputy assistant said the White House was waiting in case the blast was a hoax.

Trump has historically been quick to comment on terrorist attacks that do not affect the Muslim community.

A spokesperson for CAIR commented on Trump’s silence at the time to the Los Angeles Times, saying that “silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes”.

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Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota at the time, called the attack a “criminal act of terrorism”.

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota at the time, called the attack a “criminal act of terrorism”.

Members of an American militia have admitted to bombing a Minnesota mosque in 2017.

Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris admitted to a number of charges. Police say the two bombed the mosque as an attempt to scare Muslims into leaving America, with the message that they are not welcome in the country.

The pair admitting to driving to the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis, breaking a window and throwing a lit pipe bomb and gasoline mixture inside.

Michael McWhorter

Joe Morris

No-one was hurt in the attack, but the imam’s office was heavily damaged.

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota at the time, called the attack a “criminal act of terrorism”.

Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota told AFP that a number of blogs by militia groups are referring to the Muslim community as a threat to be eliminated.

He also said the bombers failed in their goal:

They wanted to attack the Muslim community. They wanted for the Muslim community to fear. And they wanted the Muslim community to run away. Here today we’re here as a community,… we’re not going anywhere. We’re more resilient than ever.

Despite many calling the bombing an act of terrorism, and court documents mentioning a “domestic terrorist organisation”, the two were not tried on terrorism charges. Prosecutors instead relied on hate crime and explosive charges.

The mandatory minimum for all charges is 35 years.

The White House refused to comment on the explosion at the time, saying it would provide comment when it has “some kind of finalised investigation”. President Trump’s deputy assistant said the White House was waiting in case the blast was a hoax.

Trump has historically been quick to comment on terrorist attacks that do not affect the Muslim community.

A spokesperson for CAIR commented on Trump’s silence at the time to the Los Angeles Times, saying that “silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes”.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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