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Poland says extremist planned to blow up parliament

Published on Nov 20, 2012 6:22 PM
 
A general view of the Polish Parliament building in Warsaw, November 24, 2009. Polish officials said on Tuesday they had arrested a radical nationalist who planned to plant a vehicle loaded with four tonnes of explosives outside parliament and detonate it, possibly when the president and prime minister were in the building.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

WARSAW (REUTERS) - Polish officials said on Tuesday they had arrested a radical nationalist who planned to detonate a vehicle loaded with four tonnes of explosives outside parliament, possibly when the president and prime minister were in the building.

Prosecutors said the man, a scientist who works for a university in the southern city of Krakow, had assembled a small arsenal of explosive material, guns and remote-controlled detonators and was trying to recruit others to help him.

A video recording taken from the suspect showed what prosecutors said was a test explosion he conducted, leaving a large crater in the ground.

Polish television, citing sources close to the investigation, said the suspect planned to copy methods used by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in bomb and gun attacks in Norway last year and said he was driven by far-right views.

 
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