German Police Arrest Iranian Man for Plotting “Islamist-Motivated” Attack with Cyanide and Ricin

1: a 32-year-old iranian man was arrested in germany on suspicion of plotting an “islamist-motivated” attack. another person was also arrested and the pair remain in custody. the man had been plotting to use cyanide and ricin, a highly toxic biological weapon, to commit a “serious act of violence”.

2: north rhine-westphalia police raided the man’s castrop-rauxel residence, in the ruhr region, on tuesday. numerous emergency workers in protective suits attended the scene. the investigation is ongoing, and it was initially unclear how far the attack plans had progressed.

3: the charge of a ‘serious act of violence endangering the state’ is punishable with anywhere between six months and ten years in prison. germany has been the target of numerous islamist attacks in recent years, including a truck attack on christmas markets in berlin in 2016 which killed 12 people and left dozens injured. it is believed the iranian man was motivated by a desire to commit a similar attack.

By Evey Lovelace

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