A mosque in the US state of Minnesota was bombed early on Saturday, while worshippers gathered inside for morning prayers at 5am local time.
No one was injured in the attack at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, but police say the imam’s office had been damaged.
Richard Thorton, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Division, said that the investigation will determine whether the incident was a hate crime and who may have been behind it.
The Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center is a religious space and community organising platform for Muslim in the area.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged Islamic centres and mosques across the country to step up security.
The local chapter’s civil rights director, Amir Malik, said that “if a bias motive is proven, this attack would represent another in a long list of hate incidents targeting Islamic institutions nationwide in recent months”.