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Terrorism: The rising use of CBRN weapons


New Delhi Times

Terrorism: The rising use of CBRN weapons

By Dr. Ankit Srivastava, Edito-in-Chief

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism is a form of terrorism involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Chemical weapons make use of chemical nerve agents (e.g. sarin), blister agents (sulphur mustard) and choking agents (chlorine). The definition does not cover riot control agents or herbicides. Biological weapons release or disseminate biological agents, such as bacteria (e.g. anthrax, plague or salmonella), viruses (smallpox), or toxins (botulinum toxin). Radiological weapons, also known as radiological dispersion devices, injure or kill by spreading radioactive materials. They include the so-called ‘dirty bombs’ which that use conventional explosives. Nuclear weapons derive their destructive power from nuclear reactions.

Terrorist networks in Europe have been making use of CBRN weapons. According to a report published on June 27, 2019, by the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019, three incidents involving the use of chemical, biological, radioactive or other CBRN materials were reported in the EU in 2018.

In May 2018, an Egyptian national was arrested in France on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack. At his apartment in Paris, black powder extracted from pyrotechnics and several tutorials explaining how to make an IED and how to use ricin to commit a terrorist attack were found.

Read more: https://www.newdelhitimes.com/terrorism-the-rising-use-of-cbrn-weapons/