IL trio linked to bombing cases at mosque and women's clinic

Michael Hari seen in this July 2017 mugshot is one of three men charged in connection with the bombing

Prosecutors filed the document as they charged the trio and a fourth Clarence man, Ellis Mack, 18, with possession of a machine gun.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed early on August 5. McWhorter and Mack remain in Federal Bureau of Investigation custody pending their initial appearances, both of which are scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Hari was charged Tuesday alongside Joe Morris, 22, and Michael McWhorter, 29, according to court papers filed in Central District of IL.

USA federal authorities on Tuesday charged three men from rural central IL with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque past year and said one of the suspects told an investigator the goal of the attack was to "scare" Muslims out of the United States.

Bloomington police said the bomb only damaged the imam's office at the center and worshippers extinguished the blaze before firefighters arrived.

According to reports, one of the offenders, Michael B. Hari, drafted a $10 billion plan to build Trump's "Mexico wall" after starting up a security company, Crisis Resolution Security Services.

Federal authorities announced on Tuesday the three have been arrested on gun charges and that they are suspects in the bombing of the Minnesota mosque and an attempted bombing of an IL abortion clinic. All three are from Clarence, a rural community of less than 100 residents some 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Champaign-Urbana.

IL trio linked to bombing cases at mosque and women's clinic

According to the federal affidavit, one of the suspects, McWhorter, said the group bombed the mosque to "scare [Muslims] out of the country" and to "show them [Muslims], 'Hey, you're not welcome here, get the fuck out'". According to the court affidavit, Hari often stays at his parents' home because his home has no running water or electricity.

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.

Authorities also linked Hari, Morris, and McWhorter to a pipe bomb left in a surgical room, but did not explode at Women's Health Practice in Champaign.

Minneapolis FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Bone said authorities no longer believe there is any further threat to the community in connection with this incident.

Later Tuesday, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that there were still many questions that need answering.

Minnesota is home to the biggest Somali community outside of east Africa with estimated 57,000 people residing in the Minneapolis area.

Mohamed Omar (left), the executive director of the Dar Al Farooq Center Islamic Center, leads afternoon prayers outside the police tape after a bombing previous year.

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