Expert warns Isis could use drones to spread killer viruses

Isis could soon be using drones to spread killer viruses, the EU’s counter-terrorism co-ordinator has warned.

Gilles de Kerchove said that the next step for terror groups such as Isis and al-Qaeda is likely to be constructing biological weapons at home, The Times reported.

Mr Kerchove told the Royal United Services Institute in London that Inspire, al-Qaeda’s magazine aimed at young British and American readers, had included a feature on how to “make a bomb in you mum’s kitchen” in its first edition.

Isis could soon be using drones to spread killer viruses according to experts. Photo: Getty
Isis could soon be using drones to spread killer viruses according to experts. Photo: Getty

He warned that an article on “how to process a virus in your mum’s kitchen” could be next for the terror organisation – and drones could then be used to spread such infections.

Speaking at the same conference, Theresa May’s deputy national security adviser, Patrick McGuinness, described the internet as “the frontline”.

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He added: “Until Isis cannot occupy space online freely, we will not be safe… The speed with which people are brought to violence is almost too fast to catch.”

He added that the likes of Twitter and Facebook could do more to tackle extremism on social media.

Gilles de Kerchove said that the next step for terror groups such as Isis and al-Qaeda is likely to be constructing biological weapons at home. Photo: Getty
Gilles de Kerchove said that the next step for terror groups such as Isis and al-Qaeda is likely to be constructing biological weapons at home. Photo: Getty
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