The Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained a Ukrainian citizen and a Muslim convert after law enforcement suspected he was preparing a terrorist attack on a mall.
The spokeswoman of the Prosecutor’s Office informed that the suspect is Maksym S., a Ukrainian citizen who has been living in Poland for the last two months.
The man had converted to Islam a few weeks ago and took the new name of Muhamat. Security services say it appears he quickly became radicalized and was planning an attack with a car full of explosives on a shopping mall in a city of Puławy, 140 kilometers (93 miles) southeast from Warsaw.
The Ukrainian associated himself with foreigners who preached a radical approach to Islam who came from Tajikistan, Russia and Chechenia, said the spokesman of Stanisław Żaryn, the minister of Poland’s special services.