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Explosion at Polish police headquarters ’caused by grenade launcher from Ukraine’

A grenade launcher, which was a gift from Ukraine, caused an explosion at the Polish police chief’s office.

On Wednesday, a blast at Warsaw’s police headquarters resulted in Jaroslaw Szymczyk, the chief of police, being taken to hospital.

After the incident, Mr Szymczyk stated to RMF FM, a private radio station, that he received two weapons from Ukraine.

RMF FM’s Mr Szymczyk stated that he heard an explosion while moving used grenade launchers. These were gifts from the Ukrainians.


He claimed he was moving the launchers to an upright position at that time.

RMF quoted a source who claimed that Mr Szymczyk received two launchers as gifts from officials during his visits to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the police.

According to a source, officials assured the Polish delegation that launchers weren’t loaded. The delegation drove them back to Warsaw in a car, before leaving them in Mr Szymczyk’s office backroom.

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Sky News was unable to confirm the version of events given by Mr Szymczyk.

The incident has led to criticism of Mr Szymczyk. Polish media cited commentators from the security services as saying that the military equipment shouldn’t have been brought into Poland from the European Union, or into an office.


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