Al-Qaeda preparing for bio warfare: Interpol

Published on Mar 27, 2006 11:18 PM IST

The terrorist group Al-Qaeda was preparing to engage in a biological warfare, an Interpol official said on Monday.

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The terrorist group Al-Qaeda was preparing to engage in a biological warfare, an Interpol official said on Monday.

Ronald Noble, secretary-general of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), told a conference here that captured terrorist suspects have admitted that their groups are plotting potential biological attacks.

There is enough evidence to show that Al-Qaeda was preparing to engage in biological warfare, Noble said.

"It can't be that we as a world community have to wait for a Sep 11 type of attack in bio-terrorism before we prepare," Noble told government officials, police and health experts attending the Asian Terrorism Workshop.

"Institutions that are engaged in any bioscience need to make sure that the controls they have in place are sure that only legitimate scientific investigative activity is going on," he said.

Police forces worldwide need to be trained, Noble said. They need to know how to investigate bio-terrorism-related cases and how to handle such an attack.

Representatives from 26 Asian countries are attending the three-day conference.

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