Kansas Men Plotting to Bomb Somalis Charged in Federal Court

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Gavin Wright is one of three members of a Kansas militia group were charged Oct. 14, with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan. Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and 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 / AP

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By Associated Press and Safia Samee Ali

Three men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Kansas will remain in prison after being charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright will remain in police custody after federal prosecutor said they pose a danger to the community.

Related: Three Arrested in Bomb Plot Targeting Somalis in Kansas

Prosecutors allege that the men are members of a small militia group calling itself "the Crusaders," whose members espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs.

The Kansas men were planning on detonating four truck bombs around an apartment complex housing about 120 Somalis hoping to create a "bloodbath" according to the recently unsealed complaint. The attack was to "wake" people up so they can take "this country back."

The attack plan was thwarted by the FBI who were investigating the potential threat for eight months.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a statement that the almost year long investigation "is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence."

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 28, although lawyers told the court they anticipate that hearing will not be needed because a grand jury will likely hand down an indictment before then.

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