The FBI was searching for suspects Saturday after an explosive device detonated at a suburban Minneapolis mosque as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging a room but not causing any injuries, authorities and witnesses said.
The bomber appears to have thrown an improvised explosive device through the window of the imam's office at around 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, right around the mosque's call to prayer. "He has to come here and at least express his feelings and say this is bad", Mohamed Omar told the news outlet.
Gov. Mark Dayton denounced the act at a news conference on Sunday.
Asad Zaman, director of the local Muslim-American Society, condemned what he called "an arson attack" and said his organization will offer a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest or conviction.
That changed on Tuesday when an adviser to President Trump made it a partisan issue. Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, said in February that the president "doesn't tweet about everything; he doesn't make a comment about everything" when asked about not commenting on the Quebec attack.
"The last three days, the mosque has been receiving people from all aspects of the community, including politicians' church leaders and ordinary citizens who left us healing notes, flowers, gift cards and other donations in show of their solidarity with us", said Ahmed.
No one was injured in the attack at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, but police say the imam's office had been damaged.
Aqil Ahmed, one of the congregants of the mosque said the community reaction was very encouraging.
"A May analysis by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found 2,213 anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States a year ago, up 57 percent from 2015".
Mosque officials have started a GoFundMe page in an effort to rebuild the parts of the community center and mosque that have been damaged in the blast. Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton spoke to reporters about the incident, as noted by StarTribune. "And that's what it is, an act of terrorism".
"There is no better way to condemn the person who would throw a bomb into his mosque - this house of worship - than to react in a loving, kind, and inclusive way", Ellison said.
That said, even if Trump's indifference toward hate crimes against ethnic and religious minorities has become the norm, it shouldn't be.
"I'm sure the President will do that", he said.