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Anthrax case raises bioterrorism fears

A crew member of an Egyptian freighter has died in Brazil apparently after opening a suitcase filled with anthrax that he was planning to take to Canada. His death has renewed anxiety in North America over the risk of bioterrorist attacks. Brazilian officials believe the man, identified as Ibrahim Saved Soliman Ibrahim, was given the case before he left Egypt to join the ship, which was loading bauxite bound for Canada. They said the incident appeared to be part of a bioterrorism plot that went wrong. Mr Ibrahim reportedly opened the suitcase at his hotel in the Amazon state of Para. He became ill and died on 11 April after suffering vomiting, internal bleeding and multiple organ failure. “He was the victim of anthrax,” said a spokesman for Brazilian police. He speculated that Mr Ibrahim opened the case out of curiosity and had no idea what it contained. “We imagine this is about bioterrorism and Brazil was just used as the point of transfer.” Full Story

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