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.