Three Illinois men charged with bombing Bloomington Islamic center

Michael Hari
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The affidavit describes a tangled, hateful criminal enterprise in which the four men from a rural part of IL, more than 500 miles from Bloomington, Minn., hoarded high-powered guns, made bombs and committed robberies at a drug dealer's house and three Wal-Mart Stores.

They are identified in court records as Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; Michael McWhorter, 29; and, Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, Ill., a rural community about 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana.

A fourth man Ellis Mack, 18, was arrested for possession of an assault rifle, federal prosecutors in IL said.

A second informant came forward and proved information on Hari, McWhorter and Morris, saying they responsible for the bombing in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Mr. McWhorter also admitted igniting what he called a "black powder bomb" and throwing it inside the mosque; after he did so, he saw a man who had looked "directly at him", according to the affidavit.

Law enforcement agencies executed search warrants at the home of Hari's parents in Paxton. An explosive device was thrown through the clinic window but failed to detonate, prosecutors said. Morris also told the source that Hari said he would pay Morris and McWhorter $18,000 for their involvement. He claimed that it was Mr. Hari's idea to target the mosque and that Mr. Morris had smashed the mosque's window with a sledgehammer, according to the affidavit.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation; Springfield Division; FBI Minneapolis Division; University of Illinois Police Department; Ford County Sheriff's Office; Champaign Police Department; Illinois State Police; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing the investigation.

US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018.

"The People of the United States have rejected the Marxist doctrine that the government shall own the means of production", he wrote, according to the court document.

A report released in June 2017 by the Council on American-Islamic Relations showed a 91% increase in anti-Muslim incidents in the first six months of 2017 compared to the previous year.

"This is definitely a relief that this case is finally to conclusion and those assailants-slash-suspects are apprehended and no longer a threat to our community", Hussein said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The Dar Al-Farooq mosque primarily serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area. The mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said the vehicle immediately sped away. The FBI had offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the bombing.

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