Police find ricine in Cologne flat Tunisian

Police find ricine in Cologne flat Tunisian

World June 13, 2018 21:09

cologne - In a raid, the German police arrested a 29-year-old Tunisian who had hidden a quantity of highly toxic ricin in his apartment in Cologne. It is still unclear what he intended to do with that. Justice takes the case high because the stuff, which is relatively easy to obtain, can be used for biological warfare.

The authorities do not rule out the suspicion that the suspect was a state-threatening act, although there are no indications for that yet. According to Cologne newspapers, the Tunisian did not come to Germany until November 2016. His wife has also been detained for some time, but she will not be indicted. The police had tracked the man after a tip and had been watching him for some time.

Only on Wednesday evening was it definitively established that it was ricine. That is a biological substance from the bean of the wonder tree. In pure form, even 0.03 milligrams are already deadly for humans.

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