French authorities thwart possible attack using highly toxic ricin or explosives – interior minister

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                        <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.&nbsp;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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