By: AUBREY REBELO
Three men face domestic terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to bomb an apartment complex where it is said most of the occupants are Somali immigrants in southwest Kansas, commented the US Department of Justice on Friday. The men had talked about filling four vehicles with explosives and parking them at the four corners of the apartment complex in Garden City in order to create a larger and more effective explosion, the Department of Justice states in a news release.
About one hundred and twenty Somali immigrants live in the complex, and one of the apartment units served as a mosque. The three members of a militia group that calls itself The Crusaders, said they wanted to wake people up. They were stockpiling weapons and planned to release a manifesto after the explosion, acting US Attorney Tom Beall stated.
Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, 49, of Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kansas, were charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. A confidential source attended meetings of “The Crusaders” and told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the three men’s plan. Stein met with an undercover FBI employee on October 12, 2016, and test-fired automatic weapons. Stein took the source to the apartment building the men allegedly planned to bomb, and said he would provide ammonium nitrate for the bomb and contribute two hundred dollars to three hundred dollars for other materials.
Stein also had mentioned that Allen had been arrested in a domestic violence situation, which caused Stein to worry Allen’s girlfriend would talk to police about their plans. After Stein talked to the FBI agent, if convicted, Stein and his accomplices will spend the rest of their lives in prison.