Wichita, Kan., man accused of planning suicide airport bombing

Dec. 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM   |   0 comments

WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A worker at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Friday was charged with plotting to explode a bomb-filled van at the terminal, officials said.

Federal prosecutors said Terry Lee Loewen, who worked at the airport as an avionics technician, was charged with trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization.

Loewen, 58, allegedly planned to carry out a suicide bombing at the airport terminal but was foiled because he has been under investigation by the Wichita Joint Terrorism Task Force since early 2013, the Wichita Eagle reported.

He was arrested before dawn Friday when he tried to open a security gate to gain access to the tarmac.

"There was no breach of Mid-Continent Airport's Security," U.S. Attorney Berry Grissom said. "At no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy."

Grissom said no other arrests were expected.

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