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Brownback, other leaders praise law enforcement response

  • Staff and wire reports
  • Published Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 7:50 p.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback and other political leaders praised law enforcement for thwarting the alleged suicide bomb plot at Wichita Mid-Continent Regional Airport.

Brownback said at the news conference in Wichita: “In our ongoing war on terrorism, the good guys won one today.” He praised the collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that worked on the case.

Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo called the incident a reminder of the “threat we continue to face.”

“Threats to the heartland of America from jihadists, sometimes homegrown, are and will continue to be real, and we must ensure that our intelligence community has the tools needed to connect the dots worldwide,” Pompeo said. “We can do so while protecting fundamental civil liberties and we must do so with all of the constitutional methods available.”

Republican Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts echoed that the incident was a reminder to remain vigilant. They also said they were grateful for law enforcement officials who kept people safe.

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