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Alleged leader pleads not guilty in Minnesota mosque bombing

February 15, 2019
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FILE - This undated photo provided by The Ford County Sheriff's Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael Hari, who pleaded not guilty, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in federal court in St. Paul, Minn., in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors allege Hari was the ringleader of an Illinois-based militia and that the trio drove more than 500 miles to bomb the mosque in hopes of scaring Muslims into leaving the U.S. No one was injured in the August 2017 attack. (Ford County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty.

Federal prosecutors allege 47-year-old Michael Hari was the ringleader of an Illinois-based militia and that the trio drove more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) to bomb a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, in hopes of scaring Muslims into leaving the U.S.

No one was injured in the August 2017 attack at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center. The attack occurred as morning prayers were about to begin.

Hari entered his plea Thursday in federal court in St. Paul. His trial is scheduled to begin April 22 before U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank.

The next hearing in the case is March 28.