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Dec 20, 2013 1:52 PM

Kansas Bomb Suspect to Stay in Jail Pending Trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal magistrate judge says an avionics technician charged with plotting to bomb a commercial aircraft terminal in Kansas poses a public danger and should not be released pending trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys also ruled at Friday's hearing that Terry Lee Loewen is a flight risk. She entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

The 58-year-old man is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of an explosive device to damage property and attempted material support to al-Qaida.

Loewen was arrested Dec. 13 after a months-long undercover sting. Prosecutors say he tried to bring what he believed was explosives onto the tarmac at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport where he worked. They say the attack could have killed or maimed hundreds of people.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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