Published On: Mon, Oct 17th, 2016

Suspects in bomb a plot against Somalis face court

Three men accused of plotting to target Somali immigrants in a diverse western Kansas community are to make their first federal court appearances.

Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright are charged in a complaint unsealed Friday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Online court records show they’re to appear Monday morning in a Wichita courtroom.

The complaint says the men are members of a small militia group calling itself “the Crusaders,” and that its members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs.

Prosecutors allege the men planned to detonate truck bombs around a small Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somali residents live. Authorities say the men talked of attacking area churches that helped settle refugees and get them jobs.

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