Michael Hari

Michael B. Hari

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Ford County man who faces trial in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque had tried to escape from custody earlier this year.

A court document filed by prosecutors said 48-year-old Michael Hari of Clarence tried to flee when he was being transported to a Minnesota jail. The report gives no details about the escape attempt.

Prosecutors said Hari was later moved to another Minnesota jail and was placed in administrative segregation after trying to disable a security device in his cell.

Hari was the leader of a white militia group in Clarence and the alleged ringleader behind the attack at Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn. No one was injured in the bombing, which one co-defendant says was meant to scare Muslims into leaving the U.S.

Hari has pleaded not guilty. His co-defendants have pleaded guilty.

Hari also faces charges in Illinois for the attempted bombing of a Champaign women’s health clinic.