Cyprus ammonium nitrate seizure suspect to stay in custody

Cyprus police say a Lebanese-Canadian man who was arrested after the seizure of five tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive will remain in custody for another six days. Police spokeswoman Nicoletta Tyrimou said a court approved the extension on Saturday. The 26-year-old suspect, whose name has not been disclosed, was arrested last month after police confiscated the ammonium nitrate at a Larnaca house where he was staying. He faces charges of conspiracy to commit a criminal offense and possession and transportation of explosives. Authorities are also probing whether he’s linked to Lebanon’s anti-Israel group Hezbollah.



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