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UDPATE: Man Arrested in Car Bomb Plot at Kan. Airport

By: CBS News/ WSAW Staff Email
By: CBS News/ WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Fri 3:13 PM, Dec. 13, 2013

(CBS News) A Kansas man was arrested Friday morning and charged with plotting to detonate a car bomb at the Wichita airport where he works, federal authorities announced.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom told reporters during an afternoon news conference that Terry Lee Loewen, 58, attempted to bring a van full of what he thought were explosives to the airport but the would-be bomb was actually inert.

"At no time - and I repeat at no time - was the safety of the public at risk," FBI Special Agent Michael Kaste told reporters.

Grissom said Loewen, an avionics technician at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, was arrested around 5:40 a.m. when he attempted to use his employee access card to drive the van onto the tarmac. He allegedly planned to detonate the car bomb at the terminal.

Loewen was charged with one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Loewen attracted authorities' attention early this summer after allegedly making statements about wanting to commit "violent jihad" against the U.S.

No additional arrests were expected, Grissom said.

The airport had 68 scheduled commercial flights on Friday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com.

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UPDATE: Fri 2 p.m, Dec. 13, 2013

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities say a Kansas man accused of planning to detonate a car bomb at the Wichita airport has been arrested.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen was arrested Friday morning at Mid-Continent regional airport.

Grissom said the man planned to drive a car that he believed was full of explosives into a terminal at the airport.

Loewen was charged with one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to the terrorist group al-Qaida.

Investigators say Loewen is an avionics technician who lives in Wichita and works at the airport. He had been under investigation for about six months after he made statements about wanting to commit "violent jihad" against the U.S.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 1:13 PM, Dec. 13, 2013

(KAKE-TV) The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI are holding a media briefing in downtown Wichita concerning an arrest in a plot to blow up Mid-Continent Airport.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste of the FBI office in Kansas City will announce charges against a person who was arrested this morning in a case involving 'a national security matter.'

Numerous reports indicate that the arrest deals with an alleged plot to blow up Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. ABC News says the plot involved a plan to drive an explosive-laden van into the airport.


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