German Ricin Bomb Plot Conviction Highlights Non-Conventional Terror Threats

As terrorists seek to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic, counterterrorism authorities remain concerned about how malicious actors may escalate attacks or try to weaponize the coronavirus. Amid this backdrop, it is important to contextualize recent plots involving non-conventional terrorism, particularly bioweapons.

Earlier this year, a German court sentenced a Tunisian man and Islamic State sympathizer, Sief Allah H., to 10 years in prison for planning a biological attack involving ricin, a let...