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Minnesota Muslim Leaders Urge President Donald Trump to Condemn Mosque Attack as “Act of Terrorism”

  • 2018-11-20 17:50
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Religious leaders of a Minnesota mosque that was torn down due to bombing urged US President Donald Trump to condemn the incident as an “act of terrorism.” 


Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Centre's director Mohamed Omar called on Trump to denounce the vicious attack, which happened just before morning prayers were held.


According to recent reports, there are witnesses who saw someone throwing a device from a truck just moments before the explosions. Officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) believe that it was an “improvised explosive device.” Fortunately, no casualties have been reported following the blast. However, the explosion tore through the imam's office across the hall from the worship grounds.


“We invite the president to come and see what happened. He is the president of this country, and this happened to us. He has to come here and at least express his feelings and say this is bad,” Omar said in an interview.


Director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota Asad Zaman also called on Trump to at least recognize the attack. 


“We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about this. He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues,” Zaman said. 


According to Omar, the mosque was not equipped with security cameras because the community cannot afford to purchase such equipment. Further, he claimed that the attack was not forthcoming as he didn’t hear of any threats beforehand.


Governor Mark Dayton labeled the bombing as “an act of terrorism” but the White House remains silent on the matter.


Omar said the bombing had been "horrific and tragic." Nonetheless, he remained hopeful after seeing the overwhelming support extended by the community following the attack.


At present, the Minneapolis FBI has yet to announce arrests or any suspects for the bombing. In an official statement released by the Minneapolis FBI, Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton called the attack a "terrible crime" and assured the community that investigations surrounding the incident will be their top priority.




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