Bomb attack on police an ‘attempted execution’
HUNGARIAN police said that an explosion in downtown Budapest that seriously injured two officers was caused by a homemade, shrapnel-laden device intended to kill the pair.
Detectives have launched a manhunt and opened an attempted murder inquiry following the incident on September 25, Hungarian police chief Karoly Papp said.
“Our police officers were the targets of the attack. I consider it as an attack on the whole Hungarian police force. It was aimed at executing them,” he said.
The officers were on a foot patrol in the capital when they were targeted with explosives, Mr Papp added, without giving further details.
He did not comment on any possible terrorist link but said that “seven possible versions” of what happened were being considered.
Mr Papp described the suspect as a man aged between 20 and 25 years with light-coloured hair.
“He will be found, and his motive discovered,” the police chief said, as he announced a 10 million forints (US$37,000) reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture.
A 23-year-old female policewoman suffered life-threatening injuries while her 26-year-old male colleague was also seriously injured.
The incident comes just eight days before Hungary’s October 2 referendum on the EU’s quota plan for the mandatory relocation of migrants.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a fierce critic of the EU’s handling of the migration crisis, called the ballot in order to “send Brussels a message” that it should not force member states against their will.