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Kansas bomb plot: Airport bomb attempt foiled, 58 y/o man supported al-Qaida

An aerial view of Wichita airport in Kansas
An aerial view of Wichita airport in Kansas
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A Kansas bomb plot was foiled recently after a 58-year-old man in support of al-Qaida was found attempting to detonate explosives at a local airport in Wichita, Kansas. A majority of the evidence discovered by the U.S. government against the suspect remains under wraps at this time, but it is known that the man, Terry Loewen, is in police custody and awaiting trial. The Inquisitr reveals this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, that the man’s attempt involved driving a van packed with volatile explosives into airport property before he was arrested.

The Kansas bomb plot was recently brought to public light after U.S. District Judge Monti Belot approved the state of Kansas’ prosecution’s request to file charges this week. It is 58-year-old suspect Terry Loewen who is accused of terrorism, desiring to support al-Qaida, and leading a foiled airport bomb attempt.

According to the press release, Loewen attempted to blow up a major part of Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport back in late 2013 using a van filled with bombs. Prosecutorial teams asserted that while a majority of details must remain undisclosed to prevent the compromising of future terrorism attempts, what is known is that Loewen’s Kansas attempted attack occurred this Dec. 13.

Officials had reportedly prepared for the 58-year-old Loewen to try to drive onto the property due to several months’ prior evidence and undercover governmental operations. Police forces had learned of the attack as early as Summer 2013, and believed that the terrorist suspect was trying to time his attack during the holiday travel season in an attempt to leave in his wake “maximum carnage.”

“Loewen has also been accused of attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida, use a weapon of mass destruction, and with trying to use an explosive device to damage property. Loewen has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Kansas bomb plot … As cited in Judge Belot’s orders, any material that is provided by the government, which is used in the ongoing case, is only allowed to be viewed by a select few. Loewen is only allowed to look at it in the presence of his attorney, who must then retain possession of the evidence. At the end of the trial he must also destroy these documents.”

Media, too, is prevented from receiving access to a majority of this evidence as more details on this foiled domestic terrorist attack and attempted bombing come to light.

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