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This Oct. 14, 2016 photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Curtis Allen. Allen is one of three members of a Kansas militia group were charged Friday Oct. 14, 2016, with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wright are members of a group calling itself the Kansas Security Force. Beall says the arrests were the culmination of an eight-month investigation. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

The Kansas men charged with domestic terrorism wanted a 'bloodbath'



UPDATE 10/15 5:24 p.m.:

The men charged with domestic terrorism for plotting to blow up a apartment building full of Somali immigrants wanted a "bloodbath" and were trying to "wake up" the country politically, reports USA Today

Authorities say the men were planning to park four vehicles full of explosives 

The defendants were key members of a militia group that referred to itself as the Crusaders.
U.S. DOJ press release

Original Story

Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49, and of Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kansas, are charged with plotting a bombing attack that targeted a Muslim community in Garden City, Kansas.

They face a life in prison if convicted.

According to the Department of Justice, the men had been investigated since February. 

The men were allegedly targeting a building where Somali immigrants lived and worshipped.

According to the DOJ, "the men conducted surveillance to identify potential targets, stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components, and planned to issue a manifesto in conjunction with the planned bombing. The attack, the defendants said, would be intended to 'wake people up.'"

According to the press release, the men discussed obtaining four vehicles, filled with bombs, and parking the explosives on each corner of the apartment complex "to create a large explosion." 

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