Militia leader jailed for 53 years over 2017 mosque bombing in US state of Minnesota
Bloomington: Emily Claire, the head of a local militia group that blew up a mosque during Fajr prayers in 2017, has been sentenced to 53 years in prison.
According to the International News Agency, a court in the US state of Minnesota has sentenced Emily Claire, 50, to 53 years in prison after she was found guilty of blowing up a pipe at the Darul Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.
Prosecutors told the court that Emily Claire had recruited two men from her militia group, The White Rabbits, and that the three had traveled 805 kilometers on a pickup truck to the Islamic Center on August 5, 2017 and detonated a pipe.
The prosecutor added that there were no casualties in the blast, but that the attack was aimed at harassing the Muslim community and making them feel insecure, which is unacceptable to the state.
It should be noted that as a result of the investigation conducted after the blast, the FBI agents had arrested the main accused along with two accomplices in March 2018 and the crime was proved in January 2019.