Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Three Illinois men have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department in the August 2017 bombing of a mosque in Minnesota

Three Illinois men have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department in the August 2017 bombing of a mosque in Minnesota

A fourth man Ellis Mack, 18, was arrested for possession of an assault rifle, federal prosecutors in IL said. McWhorter will make his initial appearance in connection with the attempted IL bombing at a later date.

Hari's accomplices in the terror act have been identified as Joe Morris and Michael McWhorter.

USA federal authorities on Tuesday charged three men from rural central IL with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque past year and said one of the suspects told an investigator the goal of the attack was to "scare" Muslims out of the United States.

Months after submitting his bid, Hari, a former cop, allegedly bombed the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., as its congregants gathered for morning prayer, according to federal authorities. No one at the Minnesota mosque was injured, but the building sustained minor damage. The three men were the same trio charged with the Bloomington arson, plus Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, a rural community about 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana.

McWhorter allegedly admitted his involvement in bombing the mosque and the attempt on the women's clinic, and told investigators that each of the three men had specific roles in the attack.

"Michael Hari also has a YouTube channel, and people in town tell us that they were planning on rallying a militia together to try to fight the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said reporter Aaron Eades from our news partner, WCIA-TV.

The affidavit said McWhorter confessed on Saturday, telling authorities that it was Hari's idea to bomb the mosque to scare Muslims out of the country because they push their beliefs on everyone else. The tip contained photos of guns and bomb making material in Hari's parent's house where he usually stayed. Federal authorities said they have charged three men from rural central IL with the 2017 bombing.

Later Tuesday, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that there were still many questions that need answering. The statement adds that the three men are suspects in the August 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the Women's Health Practice in Champaign on November 7. Minnesota has the largest Somali community in the United States, according to the most recent census estimates.

Soon after the explosive device was thrown in, the mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said, a member of the congregation rushed outside and saw a truck driving away from the mosque's parking lot.

"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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