3 Held in Bomb Plot Against Somalis in Kansas
Three militia members plotted to detonate a bomb at a housing complex in western Kansas where Somali immigrants lived and worshiped, federal investigators said Friday.
The men, who were arrested Friday morning on domestic terrorism charges, scouted out the apartments in Garden City, Kan., stockpiled guns and composed a manifesto about their anti-Muslim motives, prosecutors said.
“Their rhetoric and their speech have revealed a hatred for Muslims, Somalis and immigrants,” an F.B.I.
agent wrote in affidavit related to the case.
The plotters planned to carry out their attack on Nov. 9, the day after the presidential election, the authorities said...
... According to the F.B.I. agent’s affidavit, the men referred to Muslims as “cockroaches” and met frequently to discuss the plot.
Officials said that the apartment complex they targeted housed about 120 people, including many Somalis who work at a nearby meatpacking plant, and that one of the units was used as a mosque.
Eric Jackson, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I’s Kansas City office, said that agents infiltrated the militia months ago, and that the men planned to wait until the presidential campaign was over before carrying out the plot...