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Budapest bomber hunted after police officers targeted

Published 25/09/2016

Police are hunting for the man who set off a home-made bomb in Hungary targeting officers
Police are hunting for the man who set off a home-made bomb in Hungary targeting officers

Police in Hungary are hunting for a man who set off a home-made fragmentation bomb, seriously wounding two officers in central Budapest.

Police were the targets in the Saturday night blast near the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, national police chief Karoly Papp said.

"We have established without a doubt that our police officers were the targets of the attack," Mr Papp said. "They wanted to execute my police officers."

A 23-year-old female officer suffered life-threatening injuries while her 26-year-old male partner was also seriously wounded while they were on foot patrol. Both were recuperating in intensive care after surgery.

Mr Papp did not say why the suspect wanted to harm police officers. But he did not rule out terrorism.

He offered a 10-million-forint (£29,000) reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect, believed to be 20-25 years old and around 5ft 6ins tall.

"We will find the perpetrator and discover his motivation," Mr Papp said, adding that several hundred officers and investigators were working on the case.

Several streets and an important avenue near the site of the explosion were still closed to traffic late on Sunday as investigators searched for evidence.

AP

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