Ukraine Arrests Frenchman Accused of Plotting Euro 2016 Attacks

Ukraine arrests Frenchman accused of plotting Euro 2016 attacks


Ukraine’s intelligence agency has thwarted a plot to attack the European Championship soccer tournament in France by arresting a heavily-armed Frenchman who wanted to cross into the European Union, officials said Monday.

The Ukrainian Security Service, or SBU, said it had followed the man since December and allowed him to purchase five machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 275 pounds of TNT, 100 detonators and other weapons. He also bought 20 balaclavas before he was arrested at the Yahodyn border crossing between Ukraine and Poland last month, authorities said.

The SBU “has managed to foil a series of 15 terrorist attacks which were planned to target France before and during” Euro 2016, said Vasyl Hrytsak, the security agency’s chief.