BP Bioterror in Baku

by Nathan Hamm on 12/6/2005 · 2 comments

MosNews reports that two British nationals, employess of BP, were arrested at a reservoir near Baku on suspicion of trying to poison water supplies.

Prelimary reports identified the suspects as Paul Williamson and Duncan Jackson, employees of British Petroleum. The Azeri police said a map of the area was found on the detainees.

A map? These guys are obviously guilty! Add to that that they were acting suspicious and we might as well skip the trial.

Maybe it’s just me, but I have the hardest time imagining two British employees being up to a bioterrorist plot to poison Baku’s water supplies. Attempting to make Baku citizens more British perhaps, but certainly not bioterrorism.

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qadinbakida December 6, 2005 at 8:34 pm

Turan reports they were carrying white powder, too.

They were marking the hash route with flour!


Katy December 8, 2005 at 11:00 am

Ironically, yesterday in my diplomacy class we played a 3 hour game about a fictional Central Asian country and a few of the employees of a major oil company got kidnapped for similar reasons!

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