German prosecutors arrest man over alleged ricin attack plot

German prosecutors arrest man over alleged ricin attack plot

Authorities said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., was taken into custody Wednesday after an investigation uncovered he had procured the materials needed to create ricin in mid-May and even succeeded in creating the toxin earlier this month.

Prosecutors said the suspect began procuring materials to create ricin in mid-May.

Possession of the highly toxic substance, which is 6,000 times more powerful than cyanide, is restricted by a 1997 worldwide convention on chemical weapons.

In a statement, authorities said they suspected him of preparing for a "serious act of subversive violence", but they stressed there was no evidence yet to suggest he was preparing for a large-scale attack or that he was a member of any terrorist organization.

German news weekly Der Spiegel reported that Sief Allah H. was thought to have been following instructions disseminated by ISIS on how to build a bomb containing ricin.

He also would not comment on a report in the top-selling Bild newspaper that American intelligence tipped off German investigators after they detected the suspect's online activity buying the seeds to make ricin.

Prosecutors said they now have no evidence of a connection with any extremist organization.

It advises anyone exposed to the toxin to remove their clothing, quickly wash their entire body with soap and water, and seek immediate medical care.

Security services first became suspicious after H. ordered 1,000 castor seeds - the main ingredient for producing ricin - and a coffee grinder from an online store in mid-May, prosecutors said.

Ricin is an extremely poisonous substance which occurs naturally in castor beans.

Bild wrote that the suspect lived in the Chorweiler neighborhood of Cologne with his wife and four children. There is no known antidote. It is 6,000 times more powerful than cyanide.

Prosecutors say a Tunisian man made ricin to use in a biological weapon attack. Two brothers of Egyptian origin were arrested.

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