On Tuesday evening, German Special Forces stormed the apartment of the 29-year-old Allah H. in Cologne-Chorweiler. During the subsequent search, the highly toxic ricin was found.
Another substance was used for the production of ricin and there was enough for 250 to a 1000 toxic doses, depending on the application method.
After talks with ‘security contacts’ and the head of Germany’s domestic security agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, Rheinische post concludes the ricin ‘bio-weapon’ could have killed hundreds of Germans.
Maaßen, considers it “very likely” that the investigators thwarted a terrorist attack. German sources say the man was connected to the Islamic State.
According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Allah H. is said to have tried twice to travel to the combat zone of the Islamic State (IS) in 2017. Both times his trip to Turkey failed despite the support of IS.
As the magazine further reports, the German authorities should have initiated no preliminary investigation after they had informed Turkey about the departure. H. was therefore not classified as an Islamist threat.
The suspect, Allah H., lived with his wife and four children in an 18-story apartment in Cologne-Chorweiler. According to the investigators, he is 29 years old and a Tunisian national.
Investigators said that H. had come to Germany at the end of 2016, but the Attorney General didn’t want to confirm that.
Allah H. is being investigated for preparing for a serious act of violence which endangers the state.