Police in the Czech Republic have arrested a man they believe was plotting an attack in a manner similar to Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people last year.
The man, who was discovered by police to have a machine gun and explosives, was arrested last week but details of his arrest were not released until the weekend. The 29-year-old’s name was not released.
Regional police director Tomas Tuhy said the man “probably sympathizes with known murderer Anders Behring Breivik from Norway. Of course, we are investigating any connection. Various parts of uniforms, including police and prisoner ones, were confiscated during a search of his residence,” reported Euro News.
Police raided the man’s apartment on August 10 and found a cache of weapons and explosives, before authorities made the arrest in the town of Ostrava. Police say the suspect was using the name Breivik online.
He was previously convicted of detonating an explosive device in Ostrava, blowing up a wooden shack, the BBC reported.
His neighbors said that he had mental problems but did not appear to be a right-wing extremist, reported the broadcaster, citing local media reports.
Breivik admitted killing eight people in a bomb attack in Oslo and shooting dead another 69 people on an island summer camp in twin attacks last year.