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Poland arrests Iraqi man for possession of explosives

A 48-year-old Iraqi man has been arrested in Lotz, central Poland, on charges of possessing explosives, said Polish law enforcement officials.

The arrest on Sunday took place just days before Pope Francis comes to Poland to meet with hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day.

Poland's interior minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the gathering will be safe.

Beata Marczak, spokeswoman for prosecutors in Lodz, said small amounts of explosives, not sufficient to make an explosion, were found on the man. He could face up to eight years in prison if convicted on charges of illegal possession of explosives.

The man was questioned in English and put under two months' arrest, but there were no grounds for allegations of terrorism, said Ms Marczak.

The investigation is supervised by the Internal Security Agency, she said.

Lodz court spokesman Pawel Urbaniak earlier on Monday said the man's identity is being investigated as he had "very basic" documents on him. The man has no permanent address in Poland.

Mr Blaszczak said border guards have denied entry to some 200 people since July 4, when Poland introduced temporary border controls due to the world youth meeting and the Nato summit that was held in Warsaw from July 8-9.


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