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18 May, 2018 07:09

French authorities thwart possible attack using highly toxic ricin or explosives

French authorities have thwarted a possible attack using either highly toxic ricin gas or explosives, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has said. Just a few grains of purified ricin powder is enough to kill an adult human.
French authorities thwart possible attack using highly toxic ricin or explosives

Two men of Egyptian origin were arrested in connection with a foiled attack using powerful ricin poison or explosives, Collomb told French BFMTV on Friday. The arrested men, who are brothers, had tutorials showing how to build a ricin-based poison, the minister said.

Ricin is a naturally occurring toxic protein, which is especially harmful its gas form. The lethal dose for an average adult is less than 2 milligrams if the exposure is from injection or inhalation.

Minister did not reveal when or where the suspects had been detained.

Collomb’s statement comes less than a week after a knife attack in Paris that killed one person and injured several others. On Saturday evening, a 20-year-old French national of Chechen origin attacked passers-by before being killed by police. It was later revealed that he had been on the notorious ‘Fiche S’ list, which identifies individuals believed to pose a threat to French national security.

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