The German police in Cologne a 29-year-old man arrested after the deadly poison ricin had been found in his apartment. According to local media he is suspected of a terrorist attack to prepare for.
It is a 29-year-old man of Tunisian descent. In his apartment were large quantities of toxic substances found. It involves, among others, to ricin, a substance that is on the list of prohibited chemical weapons. A few milligrams of that substance may already be fatal.
The wife of the Tunesiër was arrested, but was later released. According to various German media, including the local newspaper, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, is the Tunesiër in november 2016, moved to Germany.
The detectives came to the man on the track after a foreign tip. They followed the man for quite a while. “It was very important to a possible danger to avert,” the German police let you know.
Ricin is a dangerous poison. It is a natural toxin derived from the beans of the Ricinus Communis, or gourd. It can either be inhaled as injected or swallowed. Making ricin is relatively simple and cheap. If it is in its most pure state is used, even in small amounts can be deadly. One gram of ricin can 36.000 people dead.
Who means to inhale, after a few hours, flu-like symptoms, then problems with the lungs, with, perhaps, ultimately, a cardiac arrest. When ricin is swallowed, the victim should induce vomiting, abdominal cramps, and severe diarrhea. The victim may within three days to die. There is no antidote for ricin.
The German Public Prosecutor’s office will come later with more information.