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Get ready for a dirty bomb: Radioactive material container from hijacked truck found empty in Mexico

Posted on: December 5, 2013

Federal policemen stand guard in front of the National Institute for Nuclear Research (ININ) — the destination of the truck transporting a “teletherapy source” containing cobalt-60 which was stolen by gunmen on December 2 — in Maquixco, Mexico state on December 4, 2013. (AFP Photo / Yuri Cortez)

Mexican police located a stolen truck which contained dangerous radioactive material the UN warned could be used to construct a “dirty bomb.” The safety container holding that cargo was found empty, with the material abandoned nearby.

The vehicle was found close to where it was stolen outside of Mexico City as it was transporting cobalt-60 from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center. Mexico’s nuclear safety director Juan Eibenschutz said radioactivity had been detected about a half mile (1 kilometer) from where the truck and container were located.

Source: RT

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