Militia members target Somali refugees in plot to bomb apartment complex, mosque

Three Kansas men were convicted this week for their roles in a plot to bomb an apartment complex largely occupied by Somali refugees and a nearby mosque.

According to the Kansas City Star Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were indicated about 18 months ago for planning an attack that would have been executed in Garden City the day after the November 2016 presidential election.

The plot was exposed by a member of the militia the men belong to, according to police. Dan Day reportedly shared his concerns with authorities, who then began investigating his claims.

Day agreed to wear a recording device while talking to the three men. Police say the operation yielded evidence of pervasive and obscene comments about the Somali people.

Stein, Wright and Allen were believed to have created their own group — the Crusaders — within the Kansas Security Force militia.

The trio also detailed plans to violently target the “cockroaches” who live in the apartment complex and worship at the mosque. Wright went further, offering his hope that their attack would inspire similarly Islamophobic citizens to take up weapons against Muslims.

As Fox News reported, Stein specifically referenced the type of bomb materials used in the deadly 1995 attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City. He was later arrested upon delivery of about 300 pounds of fertilizer to an undercover agent he believed would use it to create explosives.

All three were subsequently convicted of conspiracy to use of weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Wright also received an additional conviction for one count of lying to federal investigators.

They are set to be sentenced in June.

[Featured image: Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright/Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via AP]