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14 March 2018, 07:21 | Winston Chapman

Three Men Arrested On Gun Charges Are Now Suspects In The Minnesota Mosque Bombing


The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that the four men were in possession of assault rifles from October 2017 to March 2018.

Hari, 47, all of Clarence, Illinois, are accused of using an explosive device to maliciously destroy and damage the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center and are in custody in Urbana, Illinois. And there was an attempted bombing of the Champaign, Illinois, Women's Health Practice on November 7.

Last August, the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota was bombed while Muslims gathered inside for morning prayers.

Federal investigators on Tuesday arrested three rural IL men on a criminal gun complaint that also links them to an attempted bombing at a women's health clinic in Champaign and a mosque attack in Minnesota.

According to reports, one of the offenders, Michael B. Hari, drafted a $10 billion plan to build Trump's "Mexico wall" after starting up a security company, Crisis Resolution Security Services.

Authorities launched an investigation against the three men after a person sent the local police force photos of guns and bomb-making material inside Hari's parents' home, where he often stayed as his own home had no running water or electricity.

"Hari was the driver, Morris was responsible for smashing the window in, and McWhorter was responsible for throwing the bomb in the window", the affidavit states.

Morris told one informant that Hari had promised to pay him and McWhorter $18,000 for participating in the mosque bombing, according to the complaint.

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"We would look at the wall as not just a physical barrier to immigration but also as a symbol of the American determination to defend our culture, our language, our heritage, from any outsiders", said Hari in an interview a year ago.

A confidential source told authorities that Morris said he made the pipe bomb that McWhorter threw into the mosque. All three hail from Clarence, a small rural community and it is still unclear why they targeted the specific Minnesota mosque more than 500 miles from where they reside.

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn.

Minnesota is home to the biggest Somali community outside of east Africa with estimated 57,000 people residing in the Minneapolis area.

Executive director Jaylani Hussein of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the arrests are "definitely a relief".

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.

"That bombing that took place last summer has been a tragedy for all Minnesotans", said Greg Brooker, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

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