13 Aug '11, 4am

Al-Qaeda tries to produce lethal poison ricin

WASHINGTON: US officials believe that a regional arm of Al-Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin in order to use it in future attacks against the United States, The New York Times reported late on Friday. Citing unspecified classified intelligence reports, the newspaper said Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen has been making efforts to acquire large quantities of castor beans, which are required to produce ricin. Intelligence officials say they have collected evidence that Al-Qaeda operatives are trying to move the beans and processing agents to a hideaway in Shabwa Province. US military commanders have repeatedly expressed concern that the jihadists have been taking advantage of a protracted power vacuum in Sanaa to expand their operations in Yemen. Four suspected Al-Qaeda members have been killed by army fire outside the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar, most of ...

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