The following video report from Die Welt describes the warnings given by German security services about a potential chemical attack, especially via the water supply, by Islamic terrorists. Germany’s vast chemical industry is seen as a source of highly toxic substances that could be weaponized by various means against German targets.
The accompanying article from Die Welt is behind a paywall. Below is the public stub (also translated by Egri Nök, as is the FOCUS summary):
Federal Criminal Police Office and Interior Ministry: Do Islamists plan a chemical attack on drinking water?
January 24, 2017
Islamistically-oriented perpetrators are apparently willing to acquire and employ larger quantities of chemicals. According to information received by Bild, this is what a risk analysis by the Federal Criminal Police Office and Interior Ministry says.
The summary from FOCUS Online:
According to a report by Bild, the Federal Government and Federal Criminal Police (BKA) warn of the danger of possible terror attacks with chemicals.
This is what the paper reported on Tuesday, referring to a “risk analysis in Civil Protection” by the Federal Government. According to the study, perpetrators motivated by Islamism were ready and capable “of acquiring larger quantities of chemicals and employing these”, BKA writes in the paper, which was made available to the newspaper.
A chemical attack on the drinking water supply of apartment buildings is seen as a “realistic option”, or on foodstuffs. Also, possible attacks against facilities or transports for the chemical industry had “a high-risk potential”.
According to this government report, a “determined terrorist group, equipped with adequate knowledge, should be in the position to peruse the potential of hazardous chemical substances sufficient for their purposes for use in an attack in Germany.”
|00:00||The poison could come in the water.|
|00:03||Islamist groups were able to find sources for chemicals,|
|00:06||and to use them in an attack, such is the risk analysis for civil defense.|
|00:11||Apparently the drinking water supply for private households|
|00:14||seems especially targeted by terrorists.|
|00:17||The Federal Criminal Police Office explicitly say this could be imaginable on a smaller scale,|
|00:18||Christoph Unger, President of Federal Ministry for Civil Defense and Disaster Relief|
|00:20||where only smaller quantities of water are poisoned.|
|00:25||Being the largest chemical industrial base in Europe, Germany|
|00:29||has many vulnerable areas. Also for poison gas attacks,|
|00:32||like the one in Tokyo in 1995. With the poisonous gas sarin,|
|00:36||a sect killed thirteen people on the subway, and injured thousands.|
|00:39||In 2003 authorities in London seized ricin from five Algerians. It is a thousand times|
|00:45||stronger than potassium cyanide. Al Qaeda recommends it to their members as a lethal weapon.|
|00:49||It is getting more challenging to identify and fend off possible dangers.|
|00:55||Time and again, persons are arrested, or attract attention,|
|00:59||when they buy large quantities of chemicals in hardware stores.|
|01:02||Malte Roschinski, Expert on Terrorism|
|01:04||We have mechanisms, which of course need to be improved.|
|01:08||The experts advise that emergency services be more extensively trained for such attacks.|
|01:13||In London, meanwhile, poison gas exercises are routinely practiced.