Ostrava - The Czech police have caught a man from Ostrava, a supporter of Norwegian killer Anders Breivik, who gathered weapons and explosives probably with the aim to use them, the police announced at a press conference today.
The investigation has shown that the man planned an extensive bomb attack. He probably wanted to pass himself off as a policeman, since he had acquired parts of police uniforms. He was convicted over bomb blasting once in the past, the police said.
The 29-year-old man has been accused of endangering the public and of illegal arms possession.
The police have came to the conclusion that the suspect is a fan of Breivik as he used Breivik´s name in e-communication. The police would not elaborate in this respect for now.
"In a home search we´ve found computer equipment, apart from arms, ammunition and explosives," Ostrava criminal police head Radovan Vojta said.
The police arrested the allegedly very dangerous man on August 10 morning. They learnt about his possession of arms and explosives late on the preceding day. They called the Prague-based police rapid deployment unit (URNA) to assist in the man´s arrest in Ostrava. They were afraid that a bomb was planted in the man´s flat in a pre-fab house, which the man could blast at a distance. They arrested him in a way preventing him from doing so. They found a remote blasting device on him.
"Now we know that the parts of the bomb system were functioning. Nevertheless, the bomb blast at a distance would not have probably happened. Our experts are examining details," Vojta said.
Right-wing extremist Breivik shot dead 69 participants in a social democrat youth´s camp in the Utoya island on July 22, 2011, after killing eight people by a bomb explosion in Oslo.
Looking at some of the facts of this story this seems to be another convenient 'domestic terrorist' incident.
Comments on this Czech news website
from those who claim to know the suspect dispute the claim that he is a possible killer or Breivik sympathiser.
The police apparently found police uniforms, handguns and explosives. Photos of the found weapons can be seen here
Regarding the uniforms, the commenters in the above link attribute the collection to the suspect's long term interest in police uniforms. The firearm is most likely a Bruni Olympic 6
, often used as a starter pistol or for dog training. The 'functional' explosives were described
by the Chief of police of the Ostrava department Radovan Vojta in the following way:
"If he had detonated (the explosives) they would have burned at several thousand degrees and couldn't be put out for six minutes."
Rather than an explosive this sounds more like thermite
It seems that the suspect has come to the attention of authorities after blowing up a small shed and probably has been on their radar ever since to be possibly used at a convenient time. The fact that the Czech government is currently under pressure from the public because of trying to push through further austerity measures and ongoing corruption scandals might have something to do with the timing. All in all a good opportunity for the authorities to divert attention and to remind the population why they need their leaders to keep them safe.