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Britain fears infiltration of labs by foreign students

November 3, 2008

Dozens of students - from what Britain calls "countries of concern" like Iran and Pakistan - have tried to infiltrate Britain's top laboratories in order to develop weapons of mass destruction in the past year.

The British government said its security services had intercepted up to 100 people posing as graduate students who they believe tried to get into labs to gain the materials and expertise needed to create chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons, the government told the The Guardian newspaper.

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