Wednesday 21 February 2018

Professor's bomb plot was inspired by Breivik

Matthew Day Warsaw

A Polish chemistry professor has been arrested and charged with planning an attack on the country's parliament and president with a four-tonne car bomb, in a plot inspired by the Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the 45-year-old suspect, known only as Brunon K owing to privacy laws, was "fascinated" with Breivik, the far-Right fanatic who killed 77 people in a double bomb and gun attack in July last year.

Brunon K was arrested in a raid by members of Poland's security services in Krakow on November 9, but details are only now being made public. Along with the suspect, agents seized four tons of explosives, detonators, a pistol, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bullet-proof jacket and false registration plates.

"The would-be bomber did not hide his fascination with Breivik. This should not be ignored," Mr Tusk said.

Mariusz Krason, a prosecutor, said: "He believed society and the economic situation were moving in the wrong direction due to all government posts being held by what he described as 'foreigners', not true Poles."

Brunon K reportedly attracted police attention by praising Breivik on internet forums, according to the Polish newspaper 'Gazeta Wyborcza', and their interest was piqued when it became apparent the man was a chemist who had access to bomb-making materials through his job at Krakow's Agricultural University.

Investigators also disclosed the suspect had travelled to Warsaw to carry out reconnaissance on parliament. It is thought he hoped to assassinate Bronislaw Komorowski, the Polish president, by detonating a bomb in his car.

Two other men were also arrested for illegal possession of weapons, while a further two were detained for questioning. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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