German police arrest Tunisian over alleged ricin attack plot  6/14/2018 1:31:55 PM 

Updated June 14, 2018 23:42:31

German prosecutors say they have thwarted an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin.

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

The suspect succeeded in creating the toxin this month and investigators found it in a search of his Cologne apartment, federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said in a written statement.

"He procured 1,000 castor bean seeds online as well as an electronic coffee grinder," they said.

The shell of the castor bean plant seed is highly poisonous and can be used to create ricin.

The authorities are still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, but said he was working on a "biological weapon" attack in Germany.

Prosecutors said they currently had no evidence of a connection with any extremist organisation.

They did not immediately comment on a Bild newspaper report that American intelligence tipped off German investigators.

Bild also reported that the suspect bought bomb-making material and chemicals used in the production of the ricin.

The daily newspaper wrote that H lived in the Chorweiler neighbourhood of Cologne with his wife and four children.

He supposedly used instructions for the making of a ricin bomb that had been posted online by the extremist Islamic State group.


Topics: law-crime-and-justice, germany, tunisia

First posted June 14, 2018 23:31:55

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