Cyprus official: Ammonium nitrate cache under surveillance

Jun 3, 2015, 3:36 AM
A riot police officer stands guard outside of the house, left, which was discovered to contain two ...
A riot police officer stands guard outside of the house, left, which was discovered to contain two tons of a chemical compound in southern costal city of Larnaca, Cyprus, on Saturday, May 30, 2015. A Cyprus court has ordered a 26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian man to remain in police custody for eight days after two tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive was discovered at his home. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A home in Cyprus where police seized five tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive had been kept under surveillance for some time before officers moved in, a government official said Wednesday.

Authorities put the Larnaca home in their sights after being tipped off, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou told The Associated Press, without revealing the source.

Police are holding a 26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian man in connection with the seizure. He faces charges of conspiracy to commit a criminal offense and possession and transportation of explosives.

A security official told the AP that the suspect arrived in Cyprus on May 21st and that authorities are also searching for the man who owns the home, in connection with the case.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because

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Cyprus official: Ammonium nitrate cache under surveillance