On Thursday, German prosecutors said that they have foiled an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin.
They said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., who was arrested Wednesday, started procuring material online including seeds needed for the creation of ricin in mid-May.
Federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said in a written statement that the suspect succeeded in creating the toxin this month and investigators found it in a search of his Cologne apartment.
“He procured 1,000 castor bean seeds online as well as an electronic coffee grinder,” they said. The shell of the castor bean plant seed is highly poisonous and can be used to create ricin.
The authorities are still probing exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, but said he was working on a “biological weapon” attack in Germany.