Two tonnes of ammonium nitrate found in Cyprus

Two tonnes of ammonium nitrate found in Cyprus

Nicosia, May 29, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

Police in Cyprus arrested on Thursday in Larnaka, Cyprus and remanded for six days a 26-year-old Lebanese national who appears to have close ties with Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The authorities here are investigating information concerning possible terrorist attacks on foreign facilities in Cyprus’ territory.

Daily Phileleftheros, citing Cypriot intelligence sources, reported that the man, who also holds a Canadian passport, was a member of Hezbollah’s military wing and received training in Iran by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

According to Simerini Newspaper, this information was received by the Secret Service KYP and was passed on to police, which raided a house in which the Lebanese was staying following his arrival to Cyprus last week.

The police found that two tonnes of ammonium nitrate – a fertiliser that can become a powerful explosive when mixed with other substances – had been stored in the basement.

When questioned about the stash, the 26-year-old denied any involvement, and said he did not know why the owner of the house had placed it there.