Man held as Ger­many thwarts ricin at­tack

The Scotsman - - World News - By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER

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, fed­eral prose­cu­tors said.

Sief Al­lah H, whose last name was not given in line with Ger­man pri­vacy laws, was taken into cus­tody on Tuesday dur­ing a raid on his apart­ment in Cologne.

The 29-year-old was for­mally ar­rested on Wednesday af­ter a judge re­viewed the ev­i­dence.

Au­thor­i­ties are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the sus­pect planned to use the toxin, but said he was work­ing on a “bi­o­log­i­cal weapon” at­tack in Ger­many.

The sus­pect is be­lieved to have be­gun procur­ing ma­te­rial on­line in midmay, prose­cu­tors said. He suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing the toxin this month.

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