German arrest for car full of machine guns, explosives linked to Paris attacks

Published November 15th, 2015 - 09:13 GMT
Police vehicles outside the Bataclan in Paris, one of the sites of the attacks. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
Police vehicles outside the Bataclan in Paris, one of the sites of the attacks. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
Reuters reports that a German arrest earlier in November when a car full of guns and explosives was stopped may be linked to the Paris attacks.
On November 5, a 51-year-old Montenegrin man was arrested during a routine traffic inspection in Bavaria, when police found large amounts of explosives and weapons within the car, a VW Golf.
According to British news site Breitbart, hidden panels in the car contained "eight Kalashnikov assault rifles with ammunition, several handguns, two hand grenades, and 200 grams of TNT."
Though local police originally dismissed claims that this arrest could be related to the Paris attacks, German politician Horst Seehofer made a statement to the contrary.
"We have an arrest through the dragnet, where there are reasonable grounds for presuming that it might be related to the matter," Horst Seehofer said in a speech at a local party congress of the Christian Democrats, reports Reuters.
Breitbart further confirms that the driver was headed toward Paris through the routes programmed in his GPS and phone. Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian Interior Minister, stated that “the data of the man’s [GPS] navigation system, and his cell phone there is strong evidence that the man wanted to go to France”.
The driver remains in custody and has refused a laywer. He has not made any statements to confirm or deny his potential involvement in the Paris attacks.
Friday night, a series of coordinated suicide attacks around Paris left over 120 dead. Daesh is claiming responsibility for the attack.

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