3 men convicted in plot to attack Somali immigrants with weapon of mass destruction

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A federal jury found three men guilty of conspiring to bomb a Kansas apartment complex to target Somali refugees. The three men had plotted to blow up the complex that also contained a mosque, where the immigrants lived and worshiped, according to the Department of Justice. Patrick Eugene Stein, 49, of Kansas, Curtis Allen, 50, of Kansas, and Gavin Wright, 49, of Oklahoma, were convicted on one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy to violate the housing rights of their intended victims.

During the trial, prosecutors said the men referred to Muslims as cockroaches and began plotting an attack after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, reported CNN affiliate KCWH. They conspired to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction, and chose the apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, which had 120 Somali immigrants, and partly because it contained a mosque, McAllister said.

The three defendants held several meetings to discuss their plan, and the FBI was tipped off by a confidential source who recorded some of their conversations. They were members of a militia group, calling itself The Crusaders and sought to "wake people up," the DOJ said at the time they were charged in 2016.

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