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US ‘Crusaders’ militia on trial for anti-Muslim plot

Kansas authorities say 'the Crusaders' hoped to detonate four car bombs attacking a mosque and an apartment complex.

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Months before the 2016 US general election, members of a Kansas militia group that has come to be known as the “the Crusaders” met in an office to pick the targets of bombings that they hoped would inspire a wave of attacks on Muslims throughout the US.

In a business in the southwestern city of Liberal that sold mobile homes, the four men took precautions to avoid getting caught, putting their mobile phones in a separate room and locking the door to prevent anyone from walking in on them. Three of them did not know that the fourth was wearing a wire as part of a federal investigation that would thwart their plot.

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