Alleged plot to target Somalis draws reactions

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita Kan. shows Gavin Wright. Wright is one of three members of a Kansas militia group were charged Friday Oct. 14 2016 with

That complex is home to a large number of Somali immigrants-most of them employees at a local meatpacking plant-with one apartment being used as a mosque.

"These charges are based on eight months of investigation by the FBI that is alleged to have taken the investigators deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence", he said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday called the plot "highly disturbing" and "an affront to all Americans".

Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican, also expressed gratitude to the "FBI and police who protect us from threats both foreign and domestic".

Hundreds of Somalians, Malaysians, Burmese and others gathered around Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and law enforcement officers for a briefing early Saturday, The Wichita Eagle reported ( The defendants discussed placing explosive-laden vehicles at the four corners of the complex, prosecutors said.

Dalma Ali Warsame, a 34-year-old Somalian, said Somalia had no government "and no safety", which was why he came to the U.S. Now he has a wife and two daughters, ages 1 and 3, who are frightened, as is he.

Garden City Police say members from the community can help everyone feel safe by reporting any suspicious activity.

The suspects conspired to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where Somalis were among roughly 120 residents, Beall said. They planned to carry out the attack the day after Election Day next month.

Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer on Monday ordered to remain in custody after federal prosecutor Anthony Mattivi said they pose a danger to the community.

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. According to the complaint, the men had hoped their terrorist action would "wake up" the country. Robinson and the other attorneys would not comment on the case further. Their first court appearance is Monday.

This Oct. 14, 2016 photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Gavin Wright. Stein is one of three members of a Kansas militia group who were charged Friday Oct. 14, 2016, with plotting to bomb an apartment building filled with Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kan.

The family of Patrick Stein, one of the three men arrested in a plot attack Somali immigrants in Kansas, has released a statement through their lawyer, Dan Monnat.



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