A Minnesota mosque that was bombed over the weekend didn’t have outside security cameras that could have captured what happened, its executive director said Monday.
Mohamed Omar of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington said his community, which is made up mostly of Somali immigrants, can’t afford security cameras. He also said the mosque didn’t receive any threats beforehand or claims of responsibility afterward.
Officials say witnesses saw someone throw something from a truck or van before the blast and saw a vehicle speed away.
Nobody was hurt in the explosion, which happened just before morning prayers on Saturday, but the blast damaged the imam’s office across the hall from the worship space.
The FBI has not announced arrests or identified any suspects.
— Associated Press
Three Native American children named Little Plume, Horse and Little Chief died about 135 years ago while attending a government-run school in Pennsylvania.
On Monday, a team of experts made final preparations to exhume their bodies and take them home to Wyoming’s vast Wind River Reservation.
The process is expected to begin early Tuesday at the Carlisle Barracks Post Cemetery on the grounds of the Carlisle Barracks, which today houses the U.S. Army War College.
Little Plume, Horse and Little Chief, also known as Hayes Vanderbilt Friday, Horace Washington and Dickens Nor, died in Carlisle in 1882-83 at the ages of 10, 14 and 15.
Seventeen members of the Northern Arapaho tribe, which in January 2016 formally requested the bodies be returned, arrived in Carlisle on Sunday to take part in what is expected to be a week-long process. Their delegation includes tribal elders and young people.
The government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School, founded by an Army officer, took drastic steps to separate Native American students from their culture, including cutting their braids, dressing them in military-style uniforms and punishing them for speaking their native languages.
The Army is reaching out to all of the nearly 50 tribes whose more than 10,000 children attended the school, and officials expect more exhumations and returns to eventually follow.
— Associated Press
Third Boy Scout dies in boating accident: A third Boy Scout has died from injuries suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line on a lake 150 miles east of Dallas. Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Steve Lightfoot says the 11-year-old Scout died Monday. He was hospitalized in Shreveport, La., following Saturday’s accident.
9/11 victim identified 16 years later: The remains of a man killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, have been identified nearly 16 years after the terrorist attack. The New York City medical examiners’ office withheld the man’s name, citing a request from his family. It’s the first new identification made since March 2015. Medical examiners use DNA testing and other means to try to match bone fragments to the 2,753 people killed in the attack. Remains of 1,641 victims have been identified.
— From news services