2 men vandalized Bloomington Islamic center by breaking windows, CAIR-MN says

The Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center was bombed in August.
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A Bloomington Islamic center that was bombed on Aug. 5 has now been vandalized.

It happened at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center early Friday morning, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) says

CAIR-MN says security cameras captured two men – who were wearing masks and gloves – walking around the mosque breaking windows and going into different offices. 

The group released nearly a dozen images of the damage done to the Islamic center. They're asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the Bloomington Police Department. 

This incident comes three days after CAIR-MN released surveillance video of the moment the bomb exploded after being tossed through a window of the building on Aug. 5. 

The FBI is investigating the bombing, and offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved. 

However, no arrests have been made in connection to the bombing, CAIR-MN said earlier this week, noting that's why it decided to release the surveillance video. 

The FBI's Minneapolis office told the Star Tribune they're aware of Friday morning's vandalism, but the Bloomington Police Department is currently leading the investigation. 

GoMN has reached out to Bloomington police for more information, and we'll update this story when we hear back. 

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Americans generally feel more warmly toward Muslims than just a few years ago – but Americans' perception of them as a religious group is still worse than other major religions, and even atheists, Pew Research has found.

FBI figures have shown anti-Islamic hate crimes have tracked upward in recent years. Hate crimes against Jewish people and members of the LGBTQ community also have risen.

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