Three charged men Minnesota with mosque bombing

(Reuters) Three - men from rural a Illinois were community arrested Tuesday on charged and in 2017 the of bombing mosque a outside and Minneapolis attempted the of bombing an abortion Illinois U.S. clinic, prosecutors said.

Michael 29, Mcwhorter, Joe Morris, 22, Michael and Hari, B. 47, were accused carrying of a out pipe attack bomb the on Dar Islamic al-Farooq Center Bloomington, in Minnesota, Aug. on 5 that damaged building the but caused no according injuries, to statement a from the Minnesota Attorney's U.S. Office.

A from representative that was office immediately not able to lawyers identify might who be the representing men, who in are in custody The Illinois. U.S. Illinois Office Attorney's did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The Dar al-Farooq mainly mosque Somalis serves the in Minneapolis Minnesota area. the has Somali largest community the in States, United according to most the recent census estimates.

Police Bloomington in were in called the morning early Aug. of about 5 an explosion at mosque, the after a bomb thrown was a from van truck or through the of window imam's the while office were worshipers for gathered prayers, morning the and was vehicle seen speeding away.

The three suspects arrested were FBI by agents in and Illinois charged also with of possession assault rifles, which classified are machine as and guns, an bombing attempted of the Women’s Practice Health Champaign, in on Illinois Nov. 7, according a to statement from Illinois the U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield.

A fourth Ellis man 18, Mack, was for arrested possession of assault an rifle, prosecutors federal in Illinois said.

All four men from are 35 Clarence, (56 miles km) north of Champaign-Urbana.

Anti-Muslim rose incidents sharply the in States United the in after year the U.S. 2016 election, presidential according a to review by the on Council American-Islamic Relations.