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Friday, 11 August 2017 09:26

$20,000 raised for firebombed Mosque

Hundreds of supporters have pledged more than $20,000 for a mosque in Minnesota after it was targeted in a bomb attack this past weekend.

 

An improvised explosive device was thrown into the Imam's office at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Centre in Bloomington, severely damaging it, but not resulting in any casualties.

The FBI is investigating the attack, which Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called an act of terrorism.

“The destruction done to this sacred site is just unthinkable, unforgivable. I hope and pray the perpetrator will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Dayton.

But President Donald Trump and his White House have so far remained silent on the attack.

When asked about the lack of a response, Trump's deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka said the White House is waiting for an investigation to conclude, suggesting that a series of hate crimes intended to cast blame on the far-right have been carried out by leftists in the past six months.

“Silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement calling for Trump to condemn the attack.

Trump's silence "is an outrage", according to the first Muslim elected to Congress.

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement Sunday that said its acting secretary, Elaine Duke, was “aware” of the explosion and that the agency was in “close contact” with investigators and community leaders.

“The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the rights of all to freely and safely worship the faith of their choosing and we vigorously condemn such attacks on any religious institution,” the statement said. “We are thankful that there were no injuries, but that does not diminish the serious nature of this act.”

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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