3 arrested in plot targeting Somalis in Kansas

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall speaks at a press conference Friday (CREDIT: CNN)
U.S. Attorney Tom Beall speaks at a press conference Friday (CREDIT: CNN)

WASHINGTON (KSNW) —The acting U.S. Attorney for the District of said Friday three men in Garden City, Kansas planned to blow up an apartment complex where immigrants from Somali were living.  About 120 people live in the apartment complex.

Curtis Allen (CREDIT: KSNW)
Curtis Allen (Courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via KSNW)

Tom Beall said the three men, identified as Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright of Liberal, and Patrick Stein of Rice, Kansas, belong to a group calling itself the Crusaders.  A criminal complaint unsealed today alleged the men conducted surveillance to size up potential targets, stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components, and prepared a manifesto to be published after the bombing. The attack, the defendants said, would “wake people up.”

“These charges are based on eight months of investigation by the FBI that is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence,” Beall said. “Many Kansans may find it as startling as I do that such things could happen here.”

They are suspected of conducting surveillance and stockpiling weapons and explosives in order to set off an explosion to “wake people up.” The group had prepared a manifesto, Beall said.

The three are charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Curtis Allen (Courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via KSNW)
Curtis Allen (Courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via KSNW)

The federal complaint against them alleges that since February 2016 the FBI has been investigating the defendants’ activities planning a violent attack against Muslims in southwestern Kansas. A confidential source attended meetings of a militia group called the Kansas Security Force, providing the FBI with information about the groups’ activities.

Beall said the defendants were members of a small group they called the Crusaders. After considering possible targets including pro-Somali churches and public officials, the defendants decided to target an apartment complex in Garden City, Kan., where Somalis lived and maintain an apartment that served as a mosque. They discussed obtaining four vehicles, filling them with explosives and parking them at the four corners of the apartment complex to create a big explosion.

On Oct. 12, defendant Stein met with the confidential FBI source in rural Finney County to examine automatic weapons the source had brought from an FBI lab in Quantico, Va. After trying out two of the weapons, Stein took the source to see the apartment building the defendants were targeting in Garden City. Stein said he would provide ammonium nitrate for the bomb and contribute $200 to $300 for other materials.

Tom Beall said the three men, identified as Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright of Liberal, and Patrick Stein of Rice, Kan., belong to a group calling itself the Crusaders.  A criminal complaint unsealed today alleged the men conducted surveillance to size up potential targets, stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components, and prepared a manifesto to be published after the bombing. The attack, the defendants said, would “wake people up.”

“These charges are based on eight months of investigation by the FBI that is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence,” Beall said. “Many Kansans may find it as startling as I do that such things could happen here.”

They are suspected of conducting surveillance and stockpiling weapons and explosives in order to set off an explosion to “wake people up.” The group had prepared a manifesto, Beall said.

The three are charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The federal complaint against them alleges that since February 2016 the FBI has been investigating the defendants’ activities planning a violent attack against Muslims in southwestern Kansas. A confidential source attended meetings of a militia group called the Kansas Security Force, providing the FBI with information about the groups’ activities.

Beall said the defendants were members of a small group they called the Crusaders. After considering possible targets including pro-Somali churches and public officials, the defendants decided to target an apartment complex in Garden City, Kan., where Somalis lived and maintain an apartment that served as a mosque. They discussed obtaining four vehicles, filling them with explosives and parking them at the four corners of the apartment complex to create a big explosion.

On Oct. 12, defendant Stein met with the confidential FBI source in rural Finney County to examine automatic weapons the source had brought from an FBI lab in Quantico, Va. After trying out two of the weapons, Stein took the source to see the apartment building the defendants were targeting in Garden City. Stein said he would provide ammonium nitrate for the bomb and contribute $200 to $300 for other materials.

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