Suicide Bomb Plot At Wichita Airport Foiled By FBI
The suicide bombing was planned by a 58-year-old airport worker.
The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita. In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to the airport terminal and that he was determined to trigger the bomb himself and die in the blast.
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Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.