A man has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of buying the deadly poison cyanide and ricin used in an “Islamist-inspired” attack, authorities said.
“The suspect is suspected of preparing a serious act of violence endangering the state by ordering cyanide and ricin for an Islamist attack,” said a joint press release from Düsseldorf’s public prosecutor’s office and local police. Who was.”
German Interior Minister Herbert Raul added: “We had a serious tip-off which forced the police to intervene during the night.
“Authorities are now investigating at full speed.”
A second individual, confirmed to be the suspect’s brother, was also detained as part of the search.
Police raided the suspect’s home following a tip from an agency that German authorities described as a “friendly state.”
Although police did not confirm the state’s identity, German tabloid Bild said the agency in question was the FBI.
German police seized electronic devices during the raid.
Holger Hemming of the Dusseldorf public prosecutor’s office told reporters that no cyanide or ricin was found during the search.
It can cause death within 36 to 72 hours from exposure as small as a pinhead.
The poison is believed to have been used in the 1978 assassination of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov in London.
It was allegedly carried out by a member of the Bulgarian secret service shooting Mr Markov in the leg, which was later claimed to have been prepared by the KGB.
Similarly, cyanide, which can be found naturally in the stones of some seeds and fruits, is also toxic to humans and animals.
Although deadly, it is used in silver and gold mining to separate metals from other solids.
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