The FBI arrested three members of a Kansas right-wing militia group yesterday for planning attacks at a mosque and a housing complex in Kansas, targeting Somali refugees, CBS News reported.
According to the report, the intelligence agency and local police department have been conducting an extensive investigation that took agents “deep into a hidden culture of hatred and violence,” U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
The attack would have specifically targeted Somali refugees, Beall told CBS News. The men, members of the Alt-Right militia group “The Crusaders”, allegedly conspired to detonate a bomb in Gardner, Kansas. They are being charged with domestic terrorism, acting U.S. attorney for Kansas announced at a press conference later Friday.
The plan was to set up bombs at four corners of an apartment complex that housed many Somali immigrants who are Muslims. The attack was scheduled to take place the day after election day.
The FBI has been investigating this group for about 8 months. One man has been quoted as saying, “This will wake people up.”
All three men are currently in the Sedgwick County jail charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, reports CBS News. If convicted, all three could face life in prison.