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Offbeat Prosecutor: Tunisian allegedly made ricin for German attack

13:41  14 june  2018
13:41  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  Elite Coast Guard team training for potential chemical weapons attacks A 2017 Homeland Security bulletin specifically warns about terrorists wanting to use "poisons or toxins"LONG BEACH, Calif. -- In Cologne, Germany, authorities arrested a 29-year-old Tunisian man they say was planning an attack with the deadly toxin ricin. It's a biological weapon made from castor beans, and inhaling or ingesting just one milligram can be deadly.

Men allegedly discussed making 10 pounds of ricin , dispersing in Atlanta. (CBS/AP) Four suspected members of a Georgia militia were arrested by federal agents Tuesday for plotting to use a poison, ricin , to attack federal law officers.

The federal prosecutor 's office, which handles terror-related cases in Germany , has opened a probe against the Tunisian on suspicion of The suspect had bought several components that could be used to build a bomb, as well as "a thousand seeds from a plant that can be used to make ricin ", it wrote.

In this Tuesday June 12, 2018 photo, German police officers in protective gear leave an apartment building during an operation in Cologne, Germany. German police are searching the apartment of a 29-year-old Tunisian man who is accused of keeping toxic substances in his home. (David Young/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press In this Tuesday June 12, 2018 photo, German police officers in protective gear leave an apartment building during an operation in Cologne, Germany. German police are searching the apartment of a 29-year-old Tunisian man who is accused of keeping toxic substances in his home. (David Young/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — German prosecutors say they've thwarted an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., who was arrested Wednesday, started procuring material online including seeds needed for the creation of ricin in mid-May.

They say he succeeded in creating the toxin this month and investigators found it in a search of his Cologne apartment.

They're still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, but said he was working on an attack in Germany.

Prosecutors say they currently have no evidence of a connection with any extremist organization.

They didn't immediately comment on a Bild newspaper report that American intelligence tipped off German investigators.

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