Three Illinois men were arrested and charged with the 2017 bombing of a mosque near Minneapolis, as well as an attempt to bomb an abortion clinic in Illinois, federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday.
The men - identified as Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; and Michael McWhorter, 29 - also face charges of possession of a machine gun and are suspects in the attempted bombing of an IL abortion clinic this past November, according to the US attorney's office in Springfield, Ill. They and Ellis Mack, 18, also of Clarence, face a federal charge of possession of a machine gun, according to John E. Childress, U.S. attorney for the central district of IL. Officers say Hari, McWhorter and Morris were responsible for the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington Minn. on August 5 2017 and the attempted bombing of the Women's Health Practice in Champaign on November 7 2017.
McWhorter originally denied having any knowledge of the bombing, but according to the complaint, he later admitted that each person had a role in the mosque bombing with Hari as the driver, Morris smashing the window, and McWhorter throwing the bomb. No one was injured in the blast, but the imam's office suffered extensive damage, CBS Minnesota reports.More news: Tillerson's Iran, China policies did him in. Where does Pompeo stand?
They were arrested along with a fourth man on suspicion of illegally possessing a machine gun.
All four men are from Clarence, 35 miles (56 km) north of Champaign-Urbana. Charges state Hari sometimes resides with his parents because his home has no electricity or running water.
Hari allegedly told McWhorter's brother when he dropped off the guns, "The police will want to come talk to me; can I keep them here until I speak to them?" said the affidavit. He claimed that it was Mr. Hari's idea to target the mosque and that Mr. Morris had smashed the mosque's window with a sledgehammer, according to the affidavit.More news: France's Macron pledges €700m to solar energy push
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Hari Tuesday morning as he was traveling to a court appearance in Ford County, Illinois, for a hearing in an alleged assault case.
Hussein tells The Associated Press that Muslims are glad that the suspects are "no longer a threat to our community".
The Dar Al-Farooq 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. The mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said the vehicle immediately sped away. The FBI had offered a $30,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the bombing. The video didn't show the blast itself.More news: Denver Broncos' 2018 free agency: Case Keenum solves QB issue