Germany: Man charged with producing biological weapon at home in Cologne

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Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a 29-year-old Tunisian citizen with producing a biological weapon after police found highly toxic ricin in his apartment in the western city of Cologne.

Sief Allah H. has been in police custody for two days on suspicion of violating the War Weapons Control Act and “preparing a serious act of violence against the state.” Special police and fire units found the ricin during a raid of his home late on Tuesday.

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. He successfully produced the toxin in June. Read more