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French counter-terrorism police detain Russian-Ukrainian man

June 5th, 2024 | Tags:
French counter-terrorism police are looking into an explosion at a hotel in Roissy. Photo: Internet Source

PARIS, France - French counter-terrorism investigators on Wednesday detained a dual Russian-Ukrainian citizen who seriously injured himself in an explosion two days ago.

He was detained on suspicion of planning a violent act after a homemade explosive device detonated in a hotel in Roissy, on the outskirts of Paris on Monday.

The man was treated by a fire brigade on Monday with prosecutors saying he suffered serious injuries.

According to two sources close to the case, the man was staying at a hotel in the town of Roissy-en-France, where Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport is located.

"Products and materials intended to manufacture explosive devices" were found at his hotel room, the prosecutor's office (PNAT) said. 

The case has been placed in the hands of the specialist anti-terror prosecutors rather than criminal prosecutors. 

Additionally, the man is being held by France's domestic intelligence agency General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) rather than the regular police.

Investigators reportedly discovered ammonium nitrate, a cheap explosive favored by terrorists.

French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported that the man is believed to be a Russian spy targeting French military equipment for Ukraine.

France has raised its security alert to the highest level in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Paris, which runs from July 26 to August 11.

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