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Governor Dayton visits vandalized mosque in Minneapolis


Updated August 06, 2017 01:13 PM EDT

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton visited the suburban Minneapolis mosque Sunday morning that was bombed on Saturday.

The governor issued a statement hours after the bomb exploded at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center.

“Every place of worship, for all Minnesotans of every faith and culture, must be sacred and safe," Dayton said in the statement."My prayers are with the children, families, and faith leaders of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center today."

An explosion rocked a suburban Minneapolis mosque Saturday morning as people were preparing for morning prayers. The blast at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington damaged the imam's office, but didn't lead to any injuries.

At a news conference, investigators were still attempting to piece together the details of the blast.

Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, said that a witness saw something being thrown at the imam's office window from a "van or truck" before the explosion. The center's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said a worshiper saw a pickup truck speeding away afterward.

According to a news release, about 15 to 20 people were inside the mosque when the incident occurred, and were able to subsequently extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.

Bloomington police were initially deployed to the area, but the FBI agents, including those from its Joint Terrorism task Force, alongside officials from the the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation.

There is a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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