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Man behind poison gas scare caught

POLICE have arrested the man behind the recent gas attacks at the Petržalka Post Office.

The 26-year-old man has been charged with disturbing the public order, police vice-president Jaroslav Spišiak told the daily SME.

The September 23 incident led to around 50 people being taken to the hospital with breathing difficulties, after coming into contact with what turned out to be dog repellent spray. A couple of days later the attacker again sprayed the post office in Petržalka.

The news discounts the theory of a terrorist attack and the use of military gas.

However, a couple of days after the incident, the police reported that they found chloropicrin and phosgene on the scene, and are sticking to this.

According to experts, usual "defence" or tear gas sprays do not contain these substances so the perpetrator must have somehow mixed them.

The culprit has admitted responsibility for the first incident but denies involvement in the second.

The man had been seen selling fake perfumes at the post office and, after getting into an argument with an elderly couple, left the building, returning with the spray, the news wire TASR said.

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