Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, is said to be planning a chemical-weapons attack on the European continent, according to intelligence sources.
“We in Europe have been afraid that a big bang is coming sometime and that Zarqawi is planning it,” an official at Germany’s BND federal intelligence service told the April edition of the political monthly Cicero.
A summary of the report by Agence France-Presse indicates the Jordanian terrorist has been looking to secure arms components in Russia’s volatile north Caucasus region and in Georgia.
But it was unclear if Zarqawi had seen any success.
“We only know that he is working on it,” the source told the magazine.
At least 150 security officials are reportedly searching for evidence of possible attacks, especially in the southern German states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, as well as the capital city of Berlin.
Zarqawi and his militant group, the al-Qaida Organization in the Land of Two Rivers, has already claimed responsibility for scores of fatal attacks in Iraq since the U.S. military ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
He’s already been sentenced to death by Jordan for his role in the killing of an American diplomat in Amman in October 2002. The U.S. has put a $25 million bounty on his head.
The French News Agency says Zarqawi is also being tried in absentia in Jordan for “planning a major chemical weapons attack that was uncovered by the authorities.”