German spy chief warns of 'dirty bomb' threat

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9 November 2005, BERLIN - German spy chief August Hanning warned Wednesday of growing terrorist threats posed by "dirty bombs" stemming from 3,000 al-Qaeda members who have been trained to use such weapons.

9 November 2005

BERLIN - German spy chief August Hanning warned Wednesday of growing terrorist threats posed by "dirty bombs" stemming from 3,000 al-Qaeda members who have been trained to use such weapons.

"The danger that terrorist groups will use nuclear, biological or chemical weapons has grown," said Hanning in an ARD TV interview.

He added: "We are observing experiments, efforts at training and the transfer of instructions on production (of such weapons) on the Internet."

Hanning said that alone in Afghanistan it was estimated 3,000 al-Qaeda fighters had been trained in use of dirty bombs with biological or chemical components.

"Dirty bombs ... are a very concrete threat," said Hanning, who heads the Federal Intelligence Service (BND).

German intelligence is especially alarmed over the recruitment of a Malaysian biologist to build up capabilities to produce anthrax in Afghanistan, he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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