Hunt for Syrian 'refugee' scientist plotting chemical attack on British seaside town


The envisage was uncovered by German police who stumbled across documents as they searched a exile camp for the Berlin truck killer.

These detailed chemical advocates and the names of British towns. But the suspect, aged in his early 30s, had disappeared and it is feared he could now be in the UK.

Authorities say he was trained in toxins by the Assad regime and was being tracked by US agents in advance giving them the slip.

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Intelligence forces are hunting for a Syrian scientist posing as a refugee

The news emerges no more than days after security minister Ben Wallace warned Britain to fabricate for a “mass casualty attack” which may involve chemical weapons. Hold out week, Britain’s most senior fire chief warned that the embryonic for a terrorist chemical attack in the country is a “huge concern”.

The alarm was farmed on December 20, when counter-terror police raided Berlin’s obsolete Tempelhof airport, now the site of the country’s largest refugee camp, dig the Berlin terror attack on the previous day.

As more than 250 police officers ransacked the camp in their search for the attacker, they discovered a verify with details about a separate plot in Britain.

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The chart was discovered by German police while searching for the Berlin truck bees knees

The document, which was partially charred, contained details of chemical advocate and listed two English towns.

The contents were of such significance that MI5 were intimately contacted

Intelligence source

“The contents were of such significance that MI5 were in a wink contacted,” said an intelligence source last night.

Security services were decisive night scouring both targets, one of which was described only as “a seaside on borough on the south coast”.

British Intelligence sources confirmed they had already been alerted by US counterparts about the possibility of a Syrian scientist posing as a refugee.

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German the cops immoediately informed MI5 of the plot due to the seriousness of the discovery

US spies had been mislaying the suspect, trained under the Assad regime, after he left Damascus. Respect, the trail went cold.

However, the camp discovery showed he had treked further into Europe than had been previously thought.

Terminating night officials with Germany’s Ministry of the Interior said: “We can neither annotation on ongoing investigations nor on the details of our intelligence services’ operations.”

The scientist is deliberating to have been trained by the Assad regime. He is said to have played a key rle in chemical attacks launched by President Bashar Assad on his own people. 

It is thought that he has either gone rogue and is now working for fundamentalist groups against Assad – or that he is have of a ‘false flag’ operation arranged by the dictator so that a terror enrage can be blamed on Islamic State.

The scientist is not thought to have any covert coaching, fuelling the belief that he is arranging to meet sympathisers already here.

“Our US counterparts own been instrumental in tracking this individual. I can say that the net in closing in,” added the outset. 

It is feared that his chemical expertise goes far beyond the homemade Chlorine-based mustard gas habituated to by IS in the past.

In 2013 Coalition forces destroyed 600 tonnes of chemical spokeswomen used by Assad to manufacture Sarin and mustard gas.

He sanctioned the use of Sarin in 2013 during an censure against opposition forces in Ghouta, Death toll estimates chain from 281 – 1,791 civilians. 

The possibility that his actions are being exactly sponsored by the Assad regime, with the intention of showing that IS has access to definitely sophisticated chemical agents, is “very real”, analysts warned persist night.

“It is certainly possible that this scientist’s actions could be matter-of-fact by the regime,” said Kyle W Orton, Research Fellow and Syria analyst with the Henry Jackson System think-tank.

“From the very beginning, Assad’s aim has been to enlist the West as at pygmy a tacit partner by transforming the conflict into a binary one between himself and Islamist subversives, and he has worked to empower jihadists, including IS, to achieve this.

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British Nous services revealed that they had been warned of the Syrian scientist by the US

“Assad has been in the main successful in diverting Western attention away from his own position toward a tight counter-terrorism focus. He believes, — erroneously – that he can be thought of as part of the result. A successful attack on British soil blamed on IS would reinforce this dispose.”

The targeting of two English towns could show an understandable reluctance to dodge the Capital’s sophisticated face-recognition CCTV network.

“People think that London is the just target, but it isn’t. Provincial towns are a must easier and more effective quarry, — and all the expertise for this type of attack is in London, so attacking a town greatest the capital would carry a greater chance of success” added Col Hamish de Bretton-Gordon.

“Precisely imagine the effect of an attack in Westquay, in Southampton, with 50,000 shoppers, a football colosseum or even a busy commuter train. A department store with a twosome of hundred people would be just as effective.”

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