The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating a bombing that took place on Saturday at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Minneapolis while worshippers were performing their morning prayers.
The FBI confirmed that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device, or IED, that destroyed the imam’s office, shattered windows and smoked up the entire building.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called the bombing an “act of terrorism” when he met with local leaders at the mosque on Sunday.
No one was injured in the blast and authorities are unsure of the motive or culprit behind it.
What is for certain is that this is not an isolated incident. The mosque was a frequent target for menacing voicemails, hateful emails and threatening anti-Muslim letters.
Some activists are seeking a condemnation from President Donald Trump, but others say that alone won’t quell this latest surge of anti-Muslim violence.
In interviews, experts tell Mic that the Dar al-Farooq bombing is a byproduct of decades-long counterterrorism programs aimed at preventing Muslims from being radicalized rather than protecting them from the threat of radical anti-Muslim extremists. Read more (8/8/17)
No justice for Philado Castile and his family after a Minisota jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second degree manslaughter. Castile was legally armed when he was pulled over last July for resembling a suspect and for having a faulty tail light. After informing the officer that he was armed, and dispite having his girlfriend and baby daughter in the car, the officer shot and killed Castile as his girlfriend streamed live on Facebook. 7 shots were fired into the vehicle, 5 striking Philado, a beloved school cafeteria worker. This injustice cannot continue. Too many legally armed or unarmed men of colour are being killed by police. I understand the pressures of firearm related situations, I’ve been in several, but we cannot excuse the murder of innocent men. Remember this man, he was not some gang thug acting aggressively towards police, he was a beloved member of the community known for high giving students, he was a father of a baby girl, he was an American citizen exercising his Constitutional right. But he was shot down like his life meant nothing. My heart is heavy with the news of this acquittal, it breaks for his girlfriend, who acted so bravely as this unfolded, and his daughter. Tonight, there will be protests to voice the frustration of the people, while we all hope it will remain peaceful, try to understand what has happened here today from their point of view. This post is not anti-police, it is pro-accountability.
An eagle flies through a rainbow as a storm clears one of the many small islands on Lake Vermilion. The fifth largest lake in Minnesota, Lake Vermilion contains over 75 small public land islands covered with birch, pine and spruce. Some of the islands have boat-in campsites, and many are only large enough for one site, ensuring that you can have an entire island to yourself! The Bureau of Land Management works with the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe (also referred to as Chippewa) to protect traditional-use areas and cultural sites on the islands. The lake is popular for fishing and contains a diversity of species including largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike and perch. Photo by Bob Wick, (@mypubliclands) Bureau of Land Management.