Mosque

CAIR wants FBI to investigate EGF mosque fire as a hate crime

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (KVRR) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants FBI involvement nearly two weeks after a possible hate crime where a woman attacked an East Grand Forks Mosque during morning prayer. Fifty-seven-year-old Suzette Gay Thompson of Thief River Falls is arrested on an arson charge and could face up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000…

Deaths of Moorhead family members, mosque vandalism among top stories in 2021

FARGO (KVRR) – The tragic account of 7 members of an immigrant family from Honduras who died in a Moorhead home in December was the most-viewed news story of 2021 on KVRR.com Relatives discovered the victims Dec. 18 when they went to check after not hearing from them.  The were identified as 37-year-old Belin Hernandez, 34-year-old Marleny Pinto, 16-year-old Breylin Hernandez,…

Walmart security officer tracked down mosque vandalism suspect

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead Police are crediting a Walmart loss prevention officer for identifying the man suspected of spray-painting hate messages including “Death to Islam” on the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center. Capt. Deric Swenson says the loss prevention officer noticed through publicly-released images that red spray paint was used in the incident and began to examine store purchase records….

Moorhead mosque vandalism suspect arrested

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A man has been arrested for hate messages spray-painted on the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center. Moorhead Police say through tips including important information from a employee of a local business, detectives were able to take 22-year-old Benjamin Enderle of Moorhead into custody. Reports have been forwarded to the Clay County Attorney’s Office with the request of…

Trial to begin for man accused in Minnesota mosque bombing

Michael Hari has pleaded not guilty to multiple civil rights and hate crimes charges

MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of the leader of an Illinois anti-government group who’s accused of being the mastermind behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Michael Hari, of Clarence, has pleaded not guilty to multiple civil rights and hate crimes stemming from the early morning pipe bombing of Dar al-Farooq Islamic…

Police: No Evidence Break-in at Bloomington Mosque is a Hate Crime

There have been no arrests in the burglary or in the August bombing

  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Police say there’s no evidence a recent break-in at a Bloomington mosque, that had earlier been targeted by a bomb, was a hate crime. Authorities released this surveillance video of the break-in last Friday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center which shows two intruders wearing ape or monkey masks. Police say the suspects took a…

Rewards Offered for Information in Bloomington Mosque Bombing

Muslim advocacy groups and Twin Cities' mosques are separately offering a combined $24,000 reward

  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward for information in the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington. They say finding whoever was responsible for the August 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center remains its “top priority.” The explosion happened early on a Saturday just before morning prayers and caused extensive damage to the imam’s…

Community Rallies Support Behind Minnesota Islamic Center

The FBI continues their investigation into the bombing but that's not stopping members of the community showing their support. KMSP Fox 9 Reporter Tom Lyden has more from Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — While the FBI continues to investigate Saturday’s bombing at a Minnesota Islamic Center, a community is rallying behind the center. Of the 10 windows in front of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, how did the bomber know this was the Imam’s office? He could have been sitting in the office when an explosive device, loaded with nails,…

Bombed Minnesota Mosque Didn’t Have Security Cameras

Damage of the interior of the building was released to the public

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The executive director of a Minnesota mosque that was bombed just before morning prayers on Saturday said the building doesn’t have outside security cameras. Damage of the interior of the building was released to the public. Mohamed Omar, of the Islamic center in Bloomington, said that his community doesn’t have the money for security cameras. No one…