Authorities in the Czech Republic have arrested a man they believe was planning an attack similar to the one carried out by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway. The suspect, who has previous convictions, including one for detonating a homemade bomb, is from the northeastern town of Ostrava. Police have not released the man’s name and say the investigation is in its early stages.
The director of the regional headquarters of Czech police is Tomas Tuhy:
“This twenty-nine year old man probably sympathises with known murderer Anders Behring Breivik from Norway. Of course, we are investigating any connection. Various parts of uniforms, including police and prisoner ones, were confiscated during a search of his residence.”
The Head of Ostrava Criminal Police, Radovan Vojta, said:
“When entering the apartment, police were extremely cautious because we had information the place may have been dangerous. We were careful in case unauthorised entry triggered an explosive device.”
Though details have only just been released, police carried out the raid the suspect’s apartment on August 10, when they found a large stash of weapons including an automatic firearm, and explosives.
Breivik killed seventy-seven people in two attacks last year, and the Czech suspect was using Breivik’s name online.