Charges: Man threatened to blow up Minneapolis Islamic center

- A 57-year-old man is facing federal charges for threatening to blow up a Minneapolis Islamic center last fall. 

According to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, the Tawfiq Islamic Center received an anonymous, handwritten letter on September 30, 2015 which threatened to “blow up your building with all you immigrants in it.” The letter also included profanities, racial and ethnic slurs and other derogatory comments on the religious and cultural practices of the members of the Tawfiq Islamic Center.

Fisher confessed to writing the letter and mailing to the Tawfiq Islamic Center with the intent to threaten and scare its members. He told the FBI he was angry the center had chosen Minnehaha Avenue for its new location and he wanted the center to build somewhere else.

In an interview with FBI special agents, Fisher said he had become “increasingly angry with Muslims since 9/11.”

Fisher is being charged with obstructing the right of people to freely exercise their religious beliefs. 

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