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Why domestic terrorism attempt in Garden City, Kansas, failed

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Two Somali women with brown head coverings in the forefront of a photo of people lining a sidewalk. One woman is holding a sign that reads "Thank you law enforcement."
Angie Haflich
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High Plains Public Radio
Garden City residents hold a rally in front of the targeted apartment complex in 2016, days after three men were arrested for plotting to bomb it.

In 2016, a plot to kill hundreds of Somali Muslim immigrants in southwest Kansas was foiled by an unlikely hero.

Three men who were part of a militia group calling itself the Crusaders had planned to set off a bomb at a Garden City, Kansas, apartment complex. The residents were mostly Somali Muslim refugees who also had a mosque at the complex.

The bomb plot may have been successful had it not been for a paid FBI informant. His story is included in "White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland" written by former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr.

Lehr reveals how that informant, former probation officer Dan Day, was recruited by the FBI. It offers profiles on the three conspirators behind the plan and tells just how close those men came to setting off what would have been a catastrophic explosion.

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