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In January, another informant stated that these men were responsible for the Minnesota mosque and attempted abortion clinic bombings.

Tuesday morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested four rural east central IL men on a criminal complaint that charges them with possession of a machine gun.

Federal authorities say the men were arrested Tuesday in IL on separate gun charges and that they were suspects in the mosque bombing.

Hari, McWhorter, and Morris face federal charges in for the bombing at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center as people were getting ready for prayer.

The three men, plus a fourth who was arrested on the gun charge, are from Clarence, a small unincorporated town in eastern Ford County.

The men - identified as Michael B. Hari, 47; Joe Morris, 22; and Michael McWhorter, 29 - also face charges of possession of a machine gun and are suspects in the attempted bombing of an IL abortion clinic this past November, according to the US attorney's office in Springfield, Ill.

Ellis "EJ" Mack, 18, was also arrested on charges of possession of a machine gun, but has not been charged in the mosque bombing.

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According to reports, one of the offenders, Michael B. Hari, drafted a $10 billion plan to build Trump's "Mexico wall" after starting up a security company, Crisis Resolution Security Services. McWhorter reportedly told the authorities that Hari had promised his accomplices money for taking part in the bombing.

According to a 16-page probable cause statement filed in U.S. District Court in Urbana, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received a tip February 19 about potential bomb-making materials at the home of Hari's parents in Clarence.

Anti-Muslim incidents rose sharply in the United States in the year after the 2016 US presidential election, according to a review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. McWhorter described a PVC pipe bomb and said Morris broke a window and threw it in, where it failed to go off, according to the complaint.

Hari allegedly told McWhorter's brother when he dropped off the guns, "The police will want to come talk to me; can I keep them here until I speak to them?" said the affidavit.

During a press conference Tuesday, Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, thanked law enforcement for their swift action in arresting the three suspects.

Soon after the explosive device was thrown in, the mosque's executive director, Mohamed Omar, said, a member of the congregation rushed outside and saw a truck driving away from the mosque's parking lot.

The Islamic Center primarily serves Somalis in the Minneapolis area and houses a mosque and religious school for children. The video didn't show the blast itself.

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