`Al-Qa'ida' Attempt to Poison Rome's Water Supply Foiled

By Peachey, Paul | The Independent (London, England), February 21, 2002 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

`Al-Qa'ida' Attempt to Poison Rome's Water Supply Foiled


Peachey, Paul, The Independent (London, England)


ITALIAN POLICE have foiled an apparent terrorist plot to poison Rome's water supply with cyanide, arresting four Moroccans and seizing a cache of chemicals.

The men, all in their 30s, were held after pre-dawn raids on Tuesday when police seized 4kg of a cyanide compound, detailed maps marking the American embassy in Rome and charts of the city's water network.

Some reports linked at least one of the men to a terrorist cell in Milan suspected of having links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida network. The cell was dismantled last year with the arrest of seven Tunisians, who are now on trial in Milan.

Officials said later the chemical, potassium ferrocyanide, is used in gardening and would have quickly diluted in the water system. Emilio del Mese, a top government official in Rome, said: "If this substance had been put in the water network it appears that it would not have been capable of causing any damage whatsoever."

The men were reportedly part of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, a dissident faction of the radical Algerian Armed Islamic Group. Islamic propaganda and false documents were also reportedly found.

In Washington, the State Department spokesman Richard Boucher praised the Italian operation and the authorities who have "repeatedly thwarted" planned terrorist attacks against American targets in Italy.

However, the Italian chief prosecutor, Salvatore Vecchione, was outraged that news of the raid on the outskirts of the capital had leaked out.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

`Al-Qa'ida' Attempt to Poison Rome's Water Supply Foiled
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?