Sep 28, 2016

PM Orbán: No evidence Budapest bomb was linked to terrorism

Police are offering a reward of 10 million HUF for information leading to the arrest of the suspect

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has dismissed any link between Saturday's bomb attack in Budapest to the migrant crisis.

The prime minister put suggestions of a terrorist attack firmly in the background as he spoke on state television about the incident.

“Even if the possibility perhaps cannot be written off, there are no signs suggesting this in the present moment [related to a terrorist attack], which is nevertheless reassuring," he said in his interview with news channel M1.

Whatever the motivation was, the bombing was an “atrocious act”, he added, pointing out that it appears that the attack was deliberately targeted at the police officers.

He also made it clear that he has instructed Sándor Pintér, Hungary's Interior Minister, to “hunt down” the perpetrator at any cost to determine the motivation behind this act.

Hungarian police today released CCTV footage of the attack which shows a man in his early twenties dressed in a white fishing hat, dark, jacket, jeans and white trainers throw a device at two passing police officers, severely injuring both.

The attack, which took place at 10:35pm on Saturday on the busy Teréz Körút, caused a considerable amount of damage to nearby buildings and widespread panic amongst the passing public.

Police are offering a reward of 10 million HUF for information leading to his arrest.