A team of Pentagon arms control experts is being sent to East Africa to warn of growing threats that al-Qaeda could make biological weapons with deadly germs stolen from insecure laboratories. The panel, including Kenneth Myers, the director of the Pentagon's Threat Reduction Agency, will inspect facilities in Kenya and Uganda where some of the world's most infectious diseases are stored and studied. Defense analysts are increasingly concerned that the laboratories' security is too weak to withstand the increasing threat from regional terror groups, including al-Qaeda, who are hunting for ingredients for biological weapons. Meetings are planned with senior officials from the Kenyan and Ugandan governments to warn of the growing threat of bioterrorism, and to advise on stronger security systems.
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