<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.05/article/5afe7f62dda4c84d238b4606.jpg"> <figcaption>FILE PHOTO. © Eric Gaillard / <span class="copyright">Reuters</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>French authorities have thwarted a possible attack using either highly toxic ricin gas or explosives, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has said. Just a few grains of purified ricin powder is enough to kill an adult human.</strong> Two men of Egyptian origin were arrested in connection with a foiled attack using powerful ricin poison or explosives, Collomb told French BFMTV on Friday. The arrested men, who are brothers, had tutorials showing how to build a ricin-based poison, the minister said.
Ricin is a naturally occurring toxic protein, which is especially harmful its gas form. The lethal dose for an average adult is less than 2 milligrams if the exposure is from injection or inhalation.
Minister did not reveal when or where the suspects had been detained.
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