Three men were arrested this week on suspicion of plotting a terror attack, and British newspapers speculated that the plan may have been to spread poison gas through the London Underground. No official source identified the alleged target of the attack; police said only that the three North Africans were charged with possessing materials for the “preparation, instigation, or commission” of terrorism. But newspaper reports with screaming black headlines fueled public anxiety about safety in the Tube. Sir Liam Donaldson, the nation’s chief medical officer, said the government would launch a poster campaign on how to respond to a chemical attack on the subway. Passengers will likely be instructed “to leave the scene of the incident quickly, or not to take deep breaths,” he told the London Independent.
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