BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The FBI is upping the ante in the agency's attempt to identify the person or persons responsible for bombing a Bloomington Mosque.
Federal officials announced Wednesday a $30,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible in Dar Al-Farooq Community Center bombing.
"We believe somebody intentionally set off that destructive device," said Jeffrey Van Nest, media coordinator for the FBI Minneapolis Field Office. "Somebody out there has information about this incident, and we think by offering a reward, that may be just the incentive they need to come forward and give us that information."
The FBI’s reward comes after several Islamic groups, including the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, offered their own rewards. Total rewards being offered in the Dar Al-Farooq bombing case are now at $54,000.
The improvised explosive device detonated shortly after 5 a.m. August 5th causing damage to the community center, a bustling gathering place for the south metro's Muslim community. Windows shattered and an office was badly damaged but no one was injured in the bombing.
Dar Al-Farooq’s executive director says the FBI’s announcement of a reward comes as a sign of reassurance to a congregation still on edge about the bombing.
"As a Muslim community, we want fairness and justice just like any other religious community."
The FBI has referred to the bombing as an "incident" and an "attack" but hasn't used the term domestic terrorism thus far. But the agency noted the use of a destructive device is a violation of federal law and is enough to warrant the agency's involvement in the case.
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