Al Qaeda Group Killed By Failed Test of Unconventional Weapon

January 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed Monday that an Al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry.

Authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication between the leadership of Al Qaeda suggesting that an area was sealed to prevent leakage of a biological or chemical substance had been breached, according to the official.

The story was first reported by the British tabloid the Sun, which said the Al Qaeda operatives died after being infected with a strain of bubonic plague, which struck Europe in the Middle Ages killing more than 25 million people.  

According to the report, the arrival of the plague was discovered when security forces found the body of a dead terrorist by a roadside, the Sun reports.

The victim belonged to the large al-Qaeda network AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb).

A security source told the paper: “This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror. Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease.

“It spreads It spreads quickly and kills within hours. This will be really worrying al-Qaeda.”

Bubonic Plague is spread by bites from infected rat fleas. Symptoms include painful boils in the groin, neck and armpits. In Pneumonic Plague, airborn bacteria spread like flu. Without medication it can be deadly.

The new epidemic began in the cave hideouts of AQLIM in Tizi Ouzou province, a group led by wanted terror figure Abdelmalek Droudkal, was forced to turn its shelters in the Yakouren forest into mass graves and flee.

The group now fears the highly-infectious disease could have spread to other al-Qaeda training camps or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, the paper said.

A source said: “The emirs (leaders) fear surviving terrorists will surrender to escape a horrible death.”

The U.S. intelligence official dismissed the idea that the deaths were caused by bubonic plague.


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