Biological attack suspect detained in Germany


German prosecutors have an arrest warrant from a judge for a Tunisian man suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated attack and manufacturing a “biological weapon” using ricin.

The GBA Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement 29-year-old Sief Allah H. was detained in the western city Cologne on June 13 after a search of his apartment.

It said the suspect bought 1,000 grains of ricin, a naturally occurring poison in castor beans and an electric coffee grinder online.

Prosecutors said they still had not determined how far the suspect was in planning an attack using ricin.
“There is strong suspicion he deliberately produced chemical weapons,” the GBA said. “In addition he faces the initial suspicion of preparing a serious act of violent subversion against the state.”

There is no evidence to date the suspect is a member of a “terrorist organisation”, it added. Prosecutors were also not aware of a date and target for a possible attack.