Mosque Bombing Suspects Arrested

Mosque Bombing Suspects Arrested Click to Enlarge Photo: Ibrahim Aw-Musse - Twitter

(AP) - Authorities have arrested three men from rural central Illinois on gun charges who they believe are suspects in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque and an attempted bombing of an Illinois abortion clinic.

A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield announced the arrests on charges of possession of a machine gun.

The statement adds that the three men are suspects in the Aug. 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the Women's Health Practice in Champaign on Nov. 7.

The mosque explosion happened just before morning prayers and caused extensive damage to the imam's office. No one was injured.

The statement identifies the suspects as Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; and Michael McWhorter, 29.

All are from Clarence, a rural community 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana.

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