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Kansas bomb plot: Suicide bomb attack thwarted, 'maximum carnage' prevented

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A Kansas bomb plot has been thwarted after a man allegedly planned to go through with a suicide bomb attack at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport on Dec. 13. According to ABC News Feb. 7, U.S. District Judge Monti Belot "granted the prosecution's request for a protective order in the case of Terry Loewen, a 58-year-old avionics technician charged with plotting to attack."

Government evidence against Belot was enough to charge him with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida." Belot has plead not guilty to his role in the Kansas bomb plot.

Loewen was the subject of an undercover sting operation for months before his arrest. According to prosecutors, his intention was to cause "maximum carnage" during the holiday season when he tried driving a van full of inert explosives onto the airport's runway.

The judge's ruling Friday means that the Kansas bomb plot evidence is handled as sensitive information. It "forbids making available any materials provided by the government in the case to those who aren't involved, and it allows Loewen to have access to the material only in the presence of his attorney, who must retain possession of the evidence."

It also protects undercover agents who formed a friendship with Loewen during his plot activities prior to his arrest. Once the case is resolved, all information is to be destroyed and erased.

A lot of lives were saved when federal and government officials intervened in the Kansas bomb plot. If Terry Loewen had not been stopped and detained when he was, who knows how many deaths would have occurred on Dec. 13.

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