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Bomb Attack on Parliament Foiled
November 29, 2012   
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Polish security services said Nov. 20 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, who stockpiled a collection of explosives and guns, may have been planning to ram a truck into the gate in front of the building in a suicide attack as deputies were debating the government’s draft budget for next year.

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 told a news conference that the suspect and his plans were uncovered as investigators probed a Polish connection with mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in Norway last year, and who claimed that he was driven by far-right views.

Tusk said that investigators discovered that Breivik had bought bomb components in Poland and an analysis of his contacts helped lead intelligence officers in this country to the Polish suspect.

“The would-be bomber did not hide his fascination with Breivik. This should not be ignored,” Tusk added.

Meanwhile, Polish television cited sources close to the investigation as saying that the suspect planned to copy Breivik’s methods.

Tusk said he had been informed about the plans of the would-be attacker in late October, as was President Bronisław 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 foiled bomb plot comes amid concerns about a resurgence of the far-right movement in Poland. But investigators said the bomb plot suspect does not formally belong to any political group.

“He believed that the current social and political situation in our country is moving in the wrong direction,” prosecutor Mariusz Krasoń said at a press conference in Cracow, adding that the suspect believed that the country was run by people who were “not true Poles.”

The 45-year-old suspect, named by the authorities only as Brunon K., is a research worker at the Cracow Agricultural University, where he had access to a professional laboratory and various kinds of explosives.

Internal Security Agency (ABW) officers found various types of explosive materials in premises searched after his arrest. They also found fuses, firearms, over 1,000 rounds of ammunition, helmets, bulletproof vests and fake Polish and foreign car license plates.

Initially, the suspect maintained that he was innocent and refused to talk to investigators. But when brought before a court, he admitted that he had conducted training courses for people who wanted to learn how to use explosives and had carried out trial detonations.

The most recent such test was conducted in September using a bomb that weighed around 200 kilograms.

The suspect allegedly tried to form a group of helpers. He searched the internet for people with extremist views like his own and encouraged them to talk with him about the political situation in Poland.

Internal Security Agency (ABW) officers disclosed that the suspect had been under surveillance since the end of 2011. ABW agents reportedly posed as potential co-conspirators in order to monitor his activities.

The suspect’s university colleagues and neighbors in the apartment block where he has lived for years say he was a calm person and did not stand out.

The man was detained in a special prison cell as a particularly dangerous person “posing a serious threat to the security of society.”
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