German police thwart terror attack involving cyanide and ricin

A 32-year-old Iranian man is in custody in Germany on suspicion of planning an attack with "Islamist motivations."

According to North Rhine-Westphalia police, an Iranian man who was detained in Germany was planning to use cyanide and ricin to execute a “serious act of violence.”

The man’s Castrop-Rauxel home in the Ruhr region was raided, but according to the prosecution, no poison was discovered.

The suspect’s brother was also detained, and both men are still being held.

Police searched the house but did not discover any poison, but they did uncover some electronic equipment.

A senior public prosecutor in Düsseldorf claimed that a friendly foreign intelligence service provided the tip regarding the man.

Holger Heming told reporters, “After evaluating the facts, we decided to request a search warrant and execute it as soon as possible.”

Numerous emergency personnel were on the scene, according to the Deutsche Presse Agence (dpa) in Germany.

It was initially unclear how far the attack plans had advanced, and the inquiry is ongoing.

Mr. Heming stated that he would refrain from speculating on the potential victim of the alleged incident and that police would ultimately determine whether to issue a formal arrest warrant.

A term of between six months and ten years in jail is the penalty for the charge of a “serious act of violence endangering the state.”

Islamists have recently targeted Germany with many strikes. 

In 2016, a truck attack on Berlin’s Christmas markets resulted in 12 fatalities and several injuries.

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