Bomb at­tack on po­lice an ‘at­tempted ex­e­cu­tion’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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