Al-Qaeda plot to use bioweapons against Western countries revealed

Interrogators at Guantanamo Bay unearthed al-Qaeda plots to attack Western countries using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, according to top-secret documents published on the WikiLeaks site.

Al-Qaeda supposedly explored the deployment of chemical weapons on several occasions, as they believed the weapons would be easier to smuggle into the United States than nuclear material, reports.

One detainee allegedly claimed that Ammar al-Baluchi, the nephew of senior al-Qaeda member and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, discussed “how to smuggle explosives and chemicals into England,” according to

The use of biological agents, including anthrax, was also mentioned in the documents.

Anthrax is one of the deadliest biological weapons. A U.S. Congressional Office of Technology assessment analysis from 1993 estimates that between 130,000 and 3 million deaths would follow the release of 100 kilograms of B anthracis, a lethality matching that of a hydrogen bomb.

In addition to chemical and biological warfare plots, the threat of nuclear weapons also surfaced during the interrogations, reports.

Abu Al-Libi, the operational chief of al-Qaeda and a close associate of Osama bin Laden before his detention, allegedly knew the location of a nuclear bomb in Europe that would be detonated if bin Laden were killed or captured, according to