03:53 GMT24 January 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A federal jury has convicted a resident of the US state of Illinois for the bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, more than three years ago, the Department of Justice announced in a press release on Thursday.

    According to the statement, on Wednesday, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against 49-year-old Micheal Hari for his role in the bombing of the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on 5 August 2017.

    After a three week trial, the jury convicted Hari on all five counts of the indictment, including intentionally defacing and destroying religious property, deliberately trying to obstruct by force the free exercise of religious beliefs, conspiracy to commit federal felonies by fire and explosives and using a destructive device, the release said.

    "Hari faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison," the release added.

    Hari established in Clarence, Illinois, a terrorist group called "The White Rabbits" which he outfitted with tactical vests and assault rifles. They targeted the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in an attempt to scare Muslims into believing they were not welcome in the United States and should leave the country, according to the release.

    An explosion occurred in a mosque in Minnesota in August 2017. No injuries or deaths resulted from the bombing.

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