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CAIR-Minnesota Urges Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Assault Near Bloomington Mosque

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/7/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today called on public and law enforcement officials in Bloomington, Minn., to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for an assault on a 50-year-old Muslim man outside the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., Thursday night.

The victim was reportedly walking to Dar Al-Farooq when two people described as being in their late teens or early twenties approached and assaulted him, according to police. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to Fairview Southdale Hospital.

SEE: Man, 50, assaulted on way to Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota

Bloomington Man Assaulted While Walking to Mosque; Police Searching for Suspects

“We are thankful that the assault victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries. We urge public officials to uncover the motivation behind the assault and to take concrete steps to ensure that Muslim and minority communities will be safe from such attacks in the future,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Extends Condolences to Friends and Relatives of Muslim Family Killed in Suspected Arson, Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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