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Terrorists can use drones to deliver chemical weapons, head of Russian security services warns

Terrorists can use drones to deliver chemical weapons, head of Russian security services warns
Terrorists can produce chemical weapons and transport them with drones, the head of Russia’s security services has warned, stressing that extremists are developing more sophisticated ways to carry out attacks.

New intelligence has emerged showing that terrorists are trying new means and methods to carry out attacks, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov told his counterparts at the CIS security services conference in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on Tuesday.

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“The criminals have materials, technology and infrastructure for the production of chemical weapons and biotoxins,” Bortnikov said, adding that terrorists are capable of using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver the deadly payloads.

According to the Russian official, international terrorist groups are trying to better equip their cyber units, which target critical infrastructure and aim at creating havoc in government work. In particular, cybercriminals use email services to spread false information about terror threats.

Among other threats, Bortnikov warned of terrorists using women and children returning from conflict zones. “We know about intentions of the leaders of international terrorist organisations to use widows, wives and children of militants who come back en mass,” he said.

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