Euro 2016: Ukraine captures French suspect plotting terror attack on football tournament

A Frenchman has been arrested by Ukraine police equipped with an arsenal of weapons and explosives.

The SBU revealed that the 25-year-old was driven by ultra-nationalist views and planned 15 attacks on bridges, railways and a number of other locations for Euro 2016 football tournament.

The unnamed man was found with rocket launchers and Kalashnikov assault rifles in his vehicle at the Ukraine-Polish border.

DECINES, FRANCE - APRIL 30: Members of French specialized police groups RAID (Search, Help, Intervention and Deterrent power) and BAC (Anti-Criminality Brigade) are seen as they take part to a real life drill organized at the Stadium of Lights - Lyon football stadium settled in Décines -, in order to manage possible terror attacks during the UEFA Euro 2016 championship. After having secured the area and subdued the "terrorists", policemen take the " victims" away before they are picked up by firefighters and emergency medical forces.
Europe in on high alert following the Paris and Brussels attacks

He is currently being held by Ukraine authorities, reports French broadcaster M6.

The SBU revealed it had been following the French man since December last year.

He was allowed to purchase five machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons before his arrest on Friday.

Ukrainian (L) and Polish border sign posts are seen at a checkpoint at the Ukrainian-Polish border in Rava-Ruska April 18, 2012. The Polish and Ukrainian border guards take part in a drill for joint work during the Euro 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER MILITARY) - RTR30WOX
The man was arrested at the Ukraine-Poland border

The case is being handled by judicial officials, according to the French interior ministry.

Security officials across Europe are currently on high alert following the Paris and Brussels attacks.


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By Sydney Chesterfield on June 6, 2016 · Posted in Sports, Trends

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