WASHINGTON - Three men face terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to bomb an apartment complex occupied by Muslim immigrants from Somalia in the US state of Kansas, the Department of Justice said Friday.

Authorities said that Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49 and from Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kan., were members of a small, anti-Muslim group called the Crusaders that espoused sovereign-citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs.

They had allegedly been plotting since February to blow up the apartment complex and mosque in Garden City, a meatpacking town in western Kansas. Prosecutors said the thwarted attack was planned for the day after the November elections.

“These individuals had the desire, the means, the capability to carry out this act of domestic terrorism,” Eric Jackson, FBI Kansas City special agent in charge, said in announcing the arrests in Wichita.

Acting US Attorney Tom Beall said at the news conference in downtown Wichita that the plot “was imminent and ... these individuals, they were committed to carrying this out.”

According to a federal complaint released after the arrests, Stein was surreptitiously taped in June referring to the Somalis as “cockroaches” and saying “the only (expletive) way this country’s ever going to get turned around is it will be a bloodbath and it will be a nasty, messy (expletive).”

“Unless a lot more people in this country wake up and smell the (expletive) coffee and decide they want this country back ... we might be too late.

 If they do wake up ... I think we can get it done. But it ain’t going to be nothing nice about it,” Stein was recorded as saying, according to the federal affidavit.

Beall said the investigation involved an FBI probe “deep into a hidden culture of hatred, violence.”