Cologne ricin plot bigger than initially suspected
Federal prosecutors have found more than 3,000 castor bean seeds in the suspect's Cologne apartment — many more than initially suspected. They say the Tunisian was planning to make a biological weapon using ricin.
German authorities said on Wednesday that they had averted a major biological attack by arresting a Tunisian in Cologne a week ago, with the scale of the plot greater than initially thought. The 29-year-old man, identified only as Sief Allah H. in accordance with German privacy laws, had manufactured ricin, a poison found in castor beans, for the suspected attack, the president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, told German broadcaster RBB-Inforadio."There were very concrete preparations for such an act using what you might call a biological bomb," Münch said, describing it as an "unprecedented" threat.According to federal prosecutors, about 3,150 castor bean seeds — more...