Al-Qaeda Working on 'Nuclear 9/11' Terrorists working on dirty bombs, biological weapons By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Feb 2, 2011 12:22 PM CST 30 comments Comments Two shells containing 481.4 grams of enriched uranium powder seized by Slovak Police in east Slovakia are seen in this Nov. 28, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Slovak Police/ho) (Newser) – Al-Qaeda is actively pursuing the nuclear materials and rogue scientists necessary to make dirty bombs or worse, according to a series of documents released by WikiLeaks and published in the Daily Telegraph. In 2009, NATO security chiefs warned that al-Qaeda was working on “dirty radioactive IEDs,” and a year earlier Indian officials warned America that al-Qaeda has “the technical competence to manufacture an explosive device beyond a mere dirty bomb.” That year the International Atomic Energy Agency also warned of the danger of a “nuclear 9/11” if more wasn’t done to protect uranium and plutonium supplies. That’s not all there is to worry about either; other security briefings indicate that the terrorists are close to creating “workable and efficient” biological and chemical weapons. Pakistan’s stores of deadly pathogens like anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease are believed to be especially ripe for theft by extremists.