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Three Illinois men charged with machine gun possession believed linked to mosque bombing: feds

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Three Ford County men believed linked to a Minnesota mosque bombing and attempted bombing of a Champaign health clinic were among those charged Tuesday with possession of a machine gun by federal authorities. 

The FBI arrested Michael Hari, 47; Michael McWhorter, 29; Joe Morris, 22; and Ellis Mack, 18 on Tuesday morning. All four hail from Clarence, a rural town about 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana and an hour and 15 minutes east of Bloomington-Normal.

The complaint alleges the four possessed assault rifles from October 2017 to March 2018. Federal agents said they have evidence indicating Hari, McWhorter, and Morris were responsible for the Aug. 5, 2017 bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minn. and the attempted bombing of the Women's Health Practice in Champaign on Nov. 7, 2017. 

Authorities also served several search warrants at locations throughout Ford County. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation; Springfield Division; FBI Minneapolis Division; University of Illinois Police Department; Ford County Sheriff’s Office; Champaign Police Department; Illinois State Police; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing the investigation.

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