The German government has issued a paper stating that the continent is susceptible of such an attack following the Christmas market terror attack in Berlin last December. The country’s armed forces, intelligence agencies and emergency services to prepare for action in the event of a chemical attack, according to Bild magazine.
Daily Star The report says: “A determined and well-trained terrorist group is likely to be in a position to exploit Germany’s potential chemical hazards in order to stage an attack.” It claims Islam-motivated perpetrators are able “procure and use large amount of chemicals,”, also describing “realistic options” of a chemical attack.
The report was compiled in partnership with the nation’s federal police to evaluate the level of threat to the population. In order to contaminate the water, according to the report, terrorists could target the water tanks of large residential buildings or by attacking the chemical industry’s infrastructure.
The German armed forces have been preparing for this “more intensively than before,” the report adds in conclusion. It comes after it was discovered that ISIS were armed with WW1-style chemical weapons.
Germans have also been stockpiling food and water supplies over fears of such an attack. Citizens must collect an individual supply of food to last for ten days, according to a newspaper in Germany.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung claims people will also need to stockpile enough drinking water to last for five days. The publication claims the plans have been drawn-up by the German government’s Concept for Civil Defence – an action devised by the Interior Ministry amid two Islamist attacks in the nation.
In January, British Security Minister Ben Wallace said ISIS militants are keen to carry out large-scale attacks in the UK and have “no moral objection to using chemical weapons.”
Wallace added that the elimination of an ISIS cell in Morocco last February indicated that the terrorists planned target Europe.
According to reports in the German media, (h/t NewObserver) the BKA report contains a detailed description of the dangers of the threatened chemical attacks faced by Germany, and maps out how security agencies, hospitals, and rescue services should be prepared to deal with a chemical attack.
The report also says that it will be necessary to deploy the army in greater numbers than ever before, and that the government is prioritizing the building of additional “detoxification facilities.” The number of terrorist attacks in Germany has risen sharply in direct proportion to the Muslim invasion of that country.
On September 17, 2015, Rafik Mohamad Yousef was shot and killed when he attacked a German police officer with a knife in Berlin. Yousef and two other Iraqis, Ata R. and Mazen H., planned to assassinate Iraq’s then-current Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, while he visited Germany.
The three were among more than 20 affiliates of Ansar al-Islam, an Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, arrested in Europe in 2004 as security officials asserted that the group was sneaking trained operatives into Europe to carry out attacks.