Bomb attack on Polish parliament foiled
November 20, 2012
Polish parliament building
Polish security services said Tuesday they have arrested a right-wing extremist who planned to carry out a high-profile car bomb attack targeting the president, prime minister and the Cabinet during a session of parliament.
Investigators said the man is suspected of planning to detonate four tons of explosives packed into a vehicle outside the parliament building in Warsaw.
The suspect may have been planning to ram a truck into the gate in front of the building in a suicide attack.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said, “We have seen such situations in many places, for example the United States and Norway. The signal which this development sends must not be ignored.”
Tusk said he had been informed about the plans of the would-be attacker in late October, as was President Bronislaw Komorowski. Tusk was told there was no immediate threat because Polish security services were monitoring the suspect.
Investigators said that the man, arrested Nov. 9, attempted to recruit a group to carry out the attack. They added that he was driven by "nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic" motives.
The 45-year-old suspect is a research worker at the Cracow Agricultural University, where he had access to a professional laboratory and various kinds of explosives.
At a press conference in Cracow, prosecutor Mariusz Krason said: "The suspect indicated that the best moment [for the attack] was a sitting of parliament at which the government's draft budget would be discussed."
Krason added that investigators have seized explosives, detonators, around a dozen guns, over 1,100 rounds of ammunition, bulletproof vests, Polish and foreign car license plates, and publications about explosives.
Polish television reported that the suspect planned to use methods similar to Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in bomb and gun attacks in Norway last year and said he was driven by far-right views.