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Kansas: Federal judge sets hearing in suicide bomb plot

May 1, 2014

A federal judge scheduled another hearing for a man accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita’s airport.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Wednesday set a July 21 date for a status conference in the case of Terry Loewen, an avionics technician facing terrorism-related charges. Such proceedings are routinely used to keep the court informed on progress. Belot held the last such hearing on Monday.

Loewen was arrested Dec. 13 after allegedly trying to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, where he worked. The arrest followed a months-long federal sting operation.

He has pleaded not guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

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