‘Isolated chemist’ gets one month for placing explosive by Brussels train tracks
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    ‘Isolated chemist’ gets one month for placing explosive by Brussels train tracks

    The suspect detained after explosives were found by the train tracks near Jette will be placed in detention for a month. Credit: Google Street View

    The man arrested for having placed a small amount of explosives by the train tracks of a Brussels municipality will remain in preventive detention for a month, the prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday.

    The 36-year-old man, who police described as an “isolated chemist,” was detained on June 20 after police agents found a small bag of explosives by the train tracks near Jette, on the outskirts of Brussels.

    After being tracked down and arrested on the following day, the man said that “explosives were his hobby,” and admitted to having a bag of explosives in his possession.

    The bag found by the Jette train tracks contained small amounts of gun powder and TATP.

    Upon his arrest, police ruled out any terrorist motivations for the man, who had already been convicted for arson but released “under certain conditions.” He will now remain under custody for a period of one month.

    The Brussels Times