MAN MADE RICIN FOR PLOT: PROS­E­CU­TOR

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BER­LIN Ger­man au­thor­i­ties have thwarted a plot by a Tu­nisian man who cre­ated the deadly toxin ricin us­ing cas­tor bean seeds and planned to use the poi­son in an Is­lamic ex­trem­ist at­tack, pros­e­cu­tors said Thursday.

Sief Al­lah H., 29, whose last name wasn’t given, was taken into cus­tody Tuesday in Cologne.

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.

“We don’t know how, or how widely, the ricin was to have been dis­trib­uted,” said pros­e­cu­tors’ spokesman Markus Sch­mitt.

The sus­pect is be­lieved to have be­gun procur­ing ma­te­rial on­line in mid-May, pros­e­cu­tors said. He suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing the toxin this month and in­ves­ti­ga­tors found it in his apart­ment.

Ricin, made from the seeds of the cas­tor bean plant, kills the body’s cells by pre­vent­ing them from cre­at­ing pro­tein. A few mil­ligrams are enough to kill an adult if it’s eaten, in­jected or in­haled.

DAVID YOUNG / AFP / GETTY IM­AGES

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