A French suspect has been arrested attempting to smuggle explosives and firearms.
The man, who was not immediately identified by Ukraine officials, was arrested at a border crossing from Ukraine to Poland last month, said the chief of Ukraine’s SBU security services, Vasily Hrytsak.
Ukraine’s intelligence agency said the man plotted the attacks as a “sign of protest” against the mass migration of foreigners into France and the growing number of Muslims living in the country. In the past year, more than 1 million asylum seekers and others have entered Europe from places including war-battered Syria and Iraq.
Hrytsak described the suspect as motivated by “ultra-nationalist” views and had planned attacks against 15 targets, including a mosque, synagogue, and other infrastructure in France during this month’s European UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship.
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