Ford County men face federal charges in mosque bombing

Cesar Mills
March 15, 2018

It is unclear why the suspects traveled more than 600 miles from their hometown of Clarence, Illinois, to allegedly carry out the attack against the mosque in Minnesota.

Michael Hari, 47, the owner of Crisis Resolution Security Services, and two other men, Michael McWhorter, 27, and Joe Morris, 22, are facing federal charges for allegedly carrying out the bombing on the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center last August in Bloomington, Minn., according to a criminal complaint filed in US district court Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Michael B. Hari, Joe Morris, and Michael McWhorter threw a pipe bomb through the window of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, causing extensive damage, but no injuries.

Michael Mcwhorter, 29, Joe Morris, 22, and Michael B. Hari, 47, were accused of carrying out a pipe bomb attack on the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on August 5 that damaged the building but caused no injuries, according to a statement from the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office.

The three suspects were arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Illinois and also charged with possession of assault rifles, which are classified as machine guns, and an attempted bombing of the Women's Health Practice in Champaign, Illinois on November 7, according to a statement from the Illinois U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield.

The Chicago Tribune reported last April that Hari was bidding to build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall after starting his own security firm.

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Hari is said to have promised to pay Morris and McWhorter $18,0000 for carrying out the attack.

The affidavit said Mr. Morris later complained to a confidential law enforcement source that the device had not gone off and that he had no idea why. According to the affidavit, Hari often stays at his parents' home because his home has no running water or electricity.

The incident was similar to the attempted bomb attack at an abortion clinic three months later. An affidavit says the men broke a window to the imam's office and threw a pipe bomb containing black powder into the mosque. The suspect told investigators he and the others did not intend to kill anyone in the mosque but wanted "to scare them (Muslims) out of the country".

Its national office also urged mosques and Islamic centers nationwide to increase security.

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.

Minnesota is home to the biggest Somali community outside of east Africa with estimated 57,000 people residing in the Minneapolis area. The FBI had offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the bombing.

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