Authorities Foil POISON TERROR Plot in Germany — ATTACK AVERTED

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

The 29-year-old Tunisian citizen, identified as Sief Allah H., has been in police custody for two days after special police units raided his apartment late on Tuesday, seizing the highly toxic ricin agent.

The investigators have not yet established how exactly the suspect planned to use ricin, or how far he had progressed in planning an attack, the GBA said.

Investigators found the toxin after a search of his apartment in Cologne, federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said in a written statement.

German police have arrested a Tunisian man, suspected of producing ricin and conspiring to commit a "serious act of violence", prosecutors said.

The warrant alleges that Sief Allah H purchased 1,000 castor seeds over the internet last month, as well as an electric coffee grinder, and managed to create the deadly poison in June.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the toxin, found naturally in the shell of a variety of bean, works by getting inside cells and preventing them from making proteins they require. A tiny amount is enough to kill an adult.

The suspect is not known to have been a member of a terrorist organization but did have contacts with extremists, Schmitt said.

If inhaled, ricin causes difficulty breathing and other symptoms.

"He had contacts with people in the jihadist spectrum", Schmitt said, but would not elaborate on whether those contacts were online, in person or both.

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

The daily newspaper wrote that H. lived in the Chorweiler neighborhood of Cologne with his wife, a convert to Islam, and four children. He supposedly used instructions to make a ricin bomb that had been posted online by the extremist Islamic State group.

Elmar Thevessen, a terrorism expert with NBC News' German partner ZDF, said: "Ricin is deadlier than then the venom of a cobra".

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