Poland Arrests Man in Plot to Attack Parliament
By Alex Johnston On November 20, 2012 @ 3:23 pm In Europe | No Comments
Polish authorities have arrested a man who was plotting a bomb attack on the country’s Parliament building in Warsaw.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s office told The Associated Press that the suspect, a university researcher, was driven by anti-Semitic sentiment. Police are also investigating a link between him and convicted Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who purchased small amounts of material for his bomb in Poland.
Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek, who heads President Bronislaw Komorowski’s press office, said that “the president has known about the matter for two weeks, as has the prime minister,” according to The News.
Prosecutor Mariusz Krason said the man was building his own bombs and had detonators.
“As a result of the searches, four tons of explosive materials were found, including TNT, plus fuses with a mobile phone attached, wires and detonators,” reported The News.
The man, who was not named, apparently wanted to detonate a car bomb outside of the Parliament building, reported Germany’s Deutsche Welle.
“He believed that the current social and political situation in our country is moving in the wrong direction,” Krason was quoted as saying by AP, adding that the man believes most positions of power are filled by foreigners. “In his opinion they are not true Poles.”
Four other people have been arrested in connection with the plot. The suspect faces as many as five years in prison.
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