Germany: Muslim migrant planned major, large-scale ricin jihad attack, far larger than originally thought

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“Cologne ricin plot bigger than initially suspected,” DW, June 20, 2018:

Federal prosecutors have found more than 3,000 castor bean seeds in the suspect’s Cologne apartment — many more than initially suspected. They say the Tunisian was planning to make a biological weapon using ricin.

German elite SEK police commandos at the scene of the 18-story apartment block in Cologne from where a Tunisian man was arrested.

German authorities said on Wednesday that they had averted a major biological attack by arresting a Tunisian in Cologne a week ago, with the scale of the plot greater than initially thought.

The 29-year-old man, identified only as Sief Allah H. in accordance with German privacy laws, had manufactured ricin, a poison found in castor beans, for the suspected attack, the president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, told German broadcaster RBB-Inforadio.

“There were very concrete preparations for such an act using what you might call a biological bomb,” Münch said, describing it as an “unprecedented” threat.

According to federal prosecutors, about 3,150 castor bean seeds — more than three times the number initially suspected — and 84.3 milligrams of ricin were found in the suspect’s apartment.

Ricin is 6,000 times more potent than cyanide and is lethal in minute doses if swallowed, inhaled or injected. It has no known antidote.

Münch said that objects that could be used to make a bomb were also found in the searches.

The target of the suspected attack was not clear, he added.

Islamist connection

Federal prosecutors said the man had been in contact with “persons from the radical Islamist spectrum,” and that they were still probing the content of the communications.

“There are as yet no leads indicating that the accused was a member of a terrorist group,” the federal prosecutors’ office in in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said.

But they said the man, who is married to a German woman, had twice tried to travel to Syria last year.

Prosecutors say the suspect bought the seeds online, and used instructions posted online by the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group to make ricin….

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