Global & Disaster Medicine

Why did the man have ricin in his home?


“……A written statement said a 29-year-old – identified only as Sief Allah H. –
was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion on violating the country’s War
Weapons Control Act.

He is accused of having started procuring material, including a large
quantity of seeds needed for the creation of ricin, online in mid-May.

The suspect succeeded in creating the toxin this month and investigators
found it during a search of his Cologne apartment, the statement said.

The authorities are still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to
use the ricin, but stated he was working on a “biological weapon” and there
was “initial suspicion” that he could have been preparing a terrorist

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