Hungarian police seized weapons, ammunition and explosives from a man in Székesfehérvár in central Hungary, which could have equipped a small army.
With the assistance of the police’s Anti-terrorist Center (TEK), police officers from Somogy County arrested a 49-year-old man, K. Miklós, who was storing an arsenal of weapons, explosives and ammunition without a license on a farm in Soponya, national police website police.hu reports.
A total of 69 firearms, including pistols, rifles, machine guns, and machine rifles, along with 28 firearms accessories, including pistol barrels, cases, slides, and silencers were seized. However, the farmer also had a range of explosives on his property, including 39 grenades and several kilograms of explosives, including TNT along with the components for making a bomb, such as paxite, thermite, and gunpowder. The police also seized 7,391 rounds of ammunition from the suspect.
Hungarian police released a video of their raid and the arrest of the man.
On Jan. 31, 2024, investigators conducted searches at three locations, Soponya, Szőlősgyörök and Székesfehérvár.
The county police investigators questioned Miklós K. on suspicion of having committed the crime of misuse of firearms or ammunition. According to the information obtained during the investigation, he did not have an official license to possess weapons and ammunition.
The Somogy County Police Headquarters has now involved experts in the case. So far, there has been no report of the man belonging to either extremist or terrorist groups.
Firearms are strictly regulated in Hungary. In the country of 9.6 million, there are about 220,000 legally held weapons, most of them air guns or 4mm caliber guns, with the number of lethal firearms estimated at around 50,000, most of them held by hunters.
The police have not released any motive for the man accumulating such a large arsenal.
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