Man testifies against alleged ringleader of mosque bombing

Man testifies against alleged ringleader of mosque bombing
FILE — These undated photos provided by the Ford County Sheriff's Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael McWhorter, left, and Michael Hari, right. McWhorter is one of three men charged in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque in 2017 and faces federal hate crime charges and other counts. Hari is the leader of an Illinois anti-government group who's accused of being the mastermind behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. (Source: Ford County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of two men who pleaded guilty to a 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque has testified against the alleged ringleader behind the attack.

Michael McWhorter testified Thursday that the only one of the three men accused in the attack on the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center to go to trial, Michael Hari, planned it and timed it to precede early morning prayers.

No one was injured, but the mosque was damaged.

Hari is on trial for multiple civil rights and hate crimes.

McWhorter testified that he did what Hari said because he was afraid Hari would shoot him if he didn’t.

Hari’s attorney told jurors that McWhorter and another co-defendant changed their stories to try to get their sentences reduced.

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