Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Federal authorities announced on Tuesday that three men from rural central IL have been arrested on gun charges and that they are suspects in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque a year ago and an attempted bombing of an IL abortion clinic.

It identifies them as Michael B. Hari, 47, Joe Morris, 22, and Michael McWhorter, 29. 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.

Law enforcement says it received information from a confidential source on January 27 that McWhorter, Morris, and Hari were responsible for the bombing in Minnesota.

Authorities say they have arrested three me from rural central IL on gun charges who they believe are suspects in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque and an attempted bombing of an IL abortion clinic.

Authorities launched an investigation against the three men after a person sent the local police force photos of guns and bomb-making material inside Hari's parents' home, where he often stayed as his own home had no running water or electricity. An explosive device was thrown through the clinic window but failed to detonate, prosecutors said.

According to the prosecution, McWhorter admitted to his role in the bombing and attempted bombing incidents.


US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. Hari drew up the proposal after launching a security company, Crisis Resolution Security Services, the newspaper said. He requested a court order barring federal officials from interfering with his business.

"While there are still many questions to be asked, we are grateful the people responsible for this attack will be brought to justice", said Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"This is definitely a relief that this case is finally to conclusion and those assailants-slash-suspects are apprehended and no longer a threat to our community", Hussein said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The mosque primarily serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area. Minnesota is home to an estimated 57,000 Somalis, the largest Somali population outside of east Africa, according to the MN State Demographic Center. It's unclear if the reward money will be paid.

"A witness saw something being thrown at the imam's office window from a van or truck before the blast", Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, said at a news conference.

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