call to prayers.
Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director, said he was inside the mosque preparing when he felt a “huge explosion” that quickly caused smoke and flames, ABC News reports.
He said he heard the sound of a window breaking and then saw a pickup truck racing away.
“The sprinkler system went off and immediately water came down,” Omar said. “We didn’t know what was happening but it was scary.”
There are typically 15-20 Muslims present for the early morning prayers, Jaylania Hussein with Minnesota’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations. The explosion took place inside the imam’s office, next to the prayer area, he said. He said had the explosion gone off later in the morning, there almost certainly would have been casualties.
Rick Thornton, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the investigation, told reporters Saturday afternoon that the blast was caused by an “improvised explosive device” but offered no further details about its composition or possible suspects.Read more at TheFederalistpapers