With rising fears of a global Ebola epidemic, British researchers have further inflamed the fears by suggesting that the virus can be used by terrorists to create a 'dirty bomb' which can then be exploded in British cities.
Dr Peter Walsh, a biological anthropologist from Cambridge University told the Sun that serious risk was that a group manages to attach the virus as a powder, then exploded it in a bomb in a highly populated public area, News.com.au reported.
AdvertisementDr Walsh said that it was a threat that was taken very seriously.
While all samples of the Ebola virus in a handful of advanced research facilities around the were tightly guarded, it would be possible that terrorist groups could get samples of infected material direct from West Africa which is the home of the feared Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
More than 800 people have died in West Africa during the current outbreak since the virus emerged in 1976 it has killed two thirds of those infected.