The United States has definite evidence that terrorist organisations are trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. The acting director of counter terrorism at the US State Department, William Pope, has confirmed this to Radio Netherlands [short wave, world radio]. He declined to give any specifics. But he did say that Europe could face the prospect of a terrorist attack much worse than that in Madrid, one that could hit an entire city.
A spokesperson for the Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, said they do not have any evidence that terrorist groups are already in possession of such weapons. She added, however, that it was clear these groups were interested in acquiring them.
(Source: Radio Netherlands 4 February 2005, www.rnw.nl)