The FBI is putting dozens of agents on the mosque bombing case

The bureau says determining 'who and why' is a top priority.
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Days after a homemade bomb was tossed through a window at a Bloomington Islamic center, the Twin Cities FBI office says the case is its top priority. 

Rick Thornton of the Minneapolis FBI office said in a statement Monday the Bureau is setting up a command post with dozens of agents, analysts, and support personnel who will work to figure out who's behind Saturday's attack and why they did it. 

Thornton says it will take time to resolve the unanswered questions but adds the FBI is focusing all available resources on the case.

No security camera footage

The executive director at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, Mohamed Omar, told the Associated Press Monday there were no security cameras outside the mosque when the explosive was thrown just before morning prayers at about 5 a.m. Saturday. 

Omar also said there have been no claims of responsibility for the attack. No one was injured.

Dayton considers it 'an act of terrorism'

Political leaders including Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison visited Dar Al-Farooq on Sunday to show support for the center and its neighbors. 

Dayton in his remarks (listen to them here) called it "an act of terrorism, a criminal act of terrorism against the imam who thank the good Lord was not present in his office as it would appear this person intended." 

Anti-Muslim messages ... and outpourings of support

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says its Facebook page has been "inundated with anti-Muslim messages" since Saturday's explosion, with some comments celebrating the bombing.

At the same time, CAIR says there's also been an outpouring of support from spiritual leaders of various faiths. 

CAIR is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the Dar Al-Farooq bombing, as is the Muslim American Society of Minnesota

Bloomington's city council is reading a message of support for Dar Al-Farooq at its Monday evening meeting.

An inter-faith event called "Standing in Solidarity with Dar Al-Farooq Center" is being held at the mosque on Tuesday at 6 p.m. 

There are also online fundraising campaigns to raise money for repairs to the building here and here

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