Isis laptop reveals terror group 'wants to turn bubonic plague into a weapon of war'

Computer contained plans to develop weaponised bubonic plague and religious justification for chemical attacks

Andrew Griffin
Sunday 31 August 2014 15:56 BST
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Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" afte
Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" afte

A laptop owned by an Isis militant appears to show the group’s plans to develop and use chemical weapons including the bubonic plague.

The computer, shown to Foreign Policy reporters, was found to include the typical propaganda and instruction manuals, but the physics and chemistry student who owned the laptop also had a 19-page document on how to develop biological weapons, including the bubonic plague. It included instructions on how to test the weapons in mice.

"Use small grenades with the virus, and throw them in closed areas like metros, soccer stadiums, or entertainment centers," the document says, reported Foreign Policy. "Best to do it next to the air-conditioning. It also can be used during suicide operations."

The document also contains a fatwa written by the jailed Saudi cleric Nasir al-Fahd, justifying the use of such weapons.

The laptop appears to have been owned by a Tunisian man called Muhammed, who left exam papers and pictures of himself on the laptop. Around 2,400 Tunisians had left the country to fight in Syria, the Tunisian interior minister said in June, with many of those joining Isis.

Analysts fear that the huge gains made by Isis in recent months — which have left it controlling larg parts of Syria and Iraq — could mean that the group has men like Muhammed working in occupied areas to build such weapons, Foreign Policy reported. But it is likely to remain difficult for the group to find the materials to make them, they said.

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