Minnesota mosque blast

Someone apparently threw a bomb through the window of a suburban Minneapolis mosque on Saturday as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging the imam’s office but not injuring anyone, an official said.

The blast happened at around 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. Police Chief Jeff Potts said at a news conference that investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blast, but authorities have released few details.

Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, said at a news conference that a witness saw something being thrown at the imam’s office window from a “van or truck” before the blast. WCCO-TV reports that he said it may have been a fire bomb. Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director, said a worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away afterward.

There were 15 to 20 people inside the mosque when the blast happened. Worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived, the society said in a news release.

The mosque, which primarily serves people from the area’s large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails, Omar told the Star Tribune . (AP)

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Minnesota mosque blast

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

Mohamed Omar, left, the executive director of the Dar Al Farooq Center Islamic Center leads afternoon prayers outside the police tape surrounding the center Saturday Aug. 5, 2017 in Bloomington, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

A group of women take part in afternoon prayers led by Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center Executive Director Mohamed Omar outside the police tape surrounding the center, Saturday Aug. 5, 2017 in Bloomington, Minn. (Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

People make phone calls as law enforcement investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

A Police mobile command post vehicle is parked at the explosion site at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: Bloomington Police‏ via Twitter)

Minnesota mosque blast

Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota mosque blast

Police respond to an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: Bloomington Police‏ via Twitter)

Minnesota mosque blast

Police address the press at the site of an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., on Aug. 5, 2017. (Photo: Bloomington Police‏ via Twitter)

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