BUDAPEST Hungarian anti-terrorist police last week detained 4 people heading to the capital with explosives in their vehicle, and found a bomb-creating laboratory set up for a mass killing, the unit’s chief mentioned on Tuesday, declining to rule out a hyperlink to Islamist militants.
Safety has been tightened for senior officials entitled to “best protection”, the Counter Terrorism Centre stated in a statement.
The center’s director common, Janos Hajdu, mentioned the suspects had been detained final week as police stepped up investigations that touched on the safety of these officials, whom he declined to name.
Soon after the suspects in the auto were detained, a subsequent property search revealed a bomb-producing laboratory with “explosives and devices that were appropriate for killing individuals to the utmost extent”, Hajdu told the state tv channel M1.
He mentioned police had also caught two other folks with submachine guns, ammunition and silencers in their automobile, and that it was not clear regardless of whether the two groups had been connected.
Asked whether or not the suspects had jihadist hyperlinks, he mentioned: “Let me reply to that in the subsequent couple of days.”
Hajdu declined to disclose the suspects’ identities, nationalities or presumed motives, but added that the case had an international dimension.
Considerably of western Europe has been on high alert given that Islamist militants killed 130 individuals in coordinated attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that were claimed by Islamic State, and the Belgian capital Brussels has been in lockdown for several days because of fears that one more attack is imminent.
Counter Terrorism Centre officials had been not right away offered for additional comment.
M1 mentioned two of the suspects had been formally placed below arrest, and a court would determine on the others on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Sandor Peto Editing by Kevin Liffey)