MINNEAPOLIS — The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Minneapolis, like other US mosques, occasionally receives threatening calls and e-mails. But leaders say they are frightened after a weekend attack in which an explosion shattered windows and damaged a room as worshipers prepared for morning prayers.
‘‘We feel like it’s much deeper and scarier than like something random,’’ Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director, said Sunday. ‘‘It’s so scary.’’
No one was hurt in the blast, which happened about 5 a.m. Saturday. Windows of the imam’s office were shattered, either by the blast or by an object thrown through them. The FBI is seeking suspects and trying to determine whether the incident was a hate crime.
Governor Mark Dayton, who joined other public officials and community leaders for a meeting inside the building Sunday, described the bombing as ‘‘so wretched’’ and ‘‘not Minnesota.’’
‘‘This is an act of terrorism. This is against the law in America,’’ Dayton said at a news conference, the Star Tribune reported.
The mosque opened in 2011 in the suburb of Bloomington and serves people primarily from the area’s large Somali community.