A refugee-terrorist from Iraq—making use of the European Union’s “free movement” policy—has been arrested in Poland by police while planning terrorist attacks in the city of Lodz.
The 48-year-old “asylum seeker” entered Poland after coming through Switzerland and Sweden—from where he had been expelled, the Polsat news service reported.
The still-unnamed refugee-terrorist was arrested on July 24, while in possession of explosives, Polsat reported.
He was carrying detailed notes and plans which show that he was planning to commit terrorist attacks mainly against French business premises in Lodz.
The invader was ordered detained for two months while detectives from the Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) determine if he planned to act alone or if he was part of a terrorist group.
According to Beata Marczak, chief of the Lodz National Prosecution Service, the detectives are also looking at which other countries the invader may have visited.
The refugee-terrorist came to police attention after he was noted for renting several apartments along the route to be travelled by Pope Francis during today’s ceremonies marking the Catholic Church’s “World Youth Day” gathering in the city of Krakow. A police dog search of the apartments detected explosives.
The Iraqi rented two different apartments in Lodz. When arrested, he was also found to be in possession of explosives and a list of shopping malls and hypermarkets.
Police believe that the explosives which were found with the invader are only part of a larger cache, and are now working to establish where the rest are stored.
An Interior Ministry spokesman told Polsat that Poland has now re-introduced border controls, and that at least 200 people have already been detained at the border crossings for “various reasons.”
The latest arrest comes at the same time that Poland was already in an uproar over the murder of a 45-year-old Polish woman by a refugee-terrorist in Reutlingen, Germany.