MAN MADE RICIN FOR PLOT: PROSECUTOR
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.