Anderlecht weapons cache belonged to "paranoid Russian soldier"

Brussels prosecutors have now established that the weapons and home-made explosives that were found in a house in Anderlecht in Brussels last week belonged to a Russian former member of the armed forces, who died several years ago.

It was as the riders of the Tour de France raced through the streets of Brussels attracting a million well-wishers that police discovered the cache fuelling speculation about a possible terrorist outrage.  The cache included nail bombs and knuckledusters, a banned weapon in Belgium.  Prosecutors launched an investigation on the thinking that the arms had been there for some time and weren’t intended for use in a terrorist atrocity.

Contact with the house’s owner and other witnesses revealed that the weapons belonged to a Russian former soldier, who died in 2011.  The Russian was known to be paranoid and his knife collection was legendary.