On Monday, a US court sentenced the leader of a militia group to 53 years in prison, convicted of bombing a mosque outside Minneapolis in 2017, targeting the Somali community that was frequented by him.

An explosion occurred in August 2017 in the Dar Al-Farouq Islamic Mosque after a bomb was thrown from a pick-up truck at the building to enter the imam's office through the window when there were worshipers, and the car fled the site.

After a five-week trial, Emily Claire Harry, 50, was convicted in December of five federal charges related to detonating a pipe bomb at the Dar Al-Farouk Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, while worshipers were in the building for dawn prayers. blasting.

"Emily Claire Harry, formerly known as Michael Harry, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the August 5, 2017 bombing at the Dar Al-Farouk Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota," the Justice Department said in a statement.

"Harry sought to terrorize an entire religious community," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a statement late yesterday. "Today's ruling makes clear that such acts of terrorism that feed hatred will not be tolerated."

In issuing the ruling, US District Judge Donovan Frank described the attack as a "complex and deliberate act of domestic terrorism."

In March 2018, the FBI arrested Harry and two partners, all from Illinois.

The three were indicted in June of the same year, but the other two partners, Michael McCurter and Joe Morris, admitted their role in the January 2019 bombing.

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