The Mexican government has warned inhabitants of the densely populated central states that a truck carrying highly radioactive material was stolen from the town of Teoloyucan during an armed heist in the early hours of Sunday.
National security agencies warned that the stolen equipment – a QSA Delta 800 gamma ray projector – is extremely dangerous, and could deliver a fatal dose of radiation to anyone who comes into direct contact with it.
Teoloyucan, the district in which the incident occurred, is a satellite town in the Estado de Mexico, the region which surrounds Mexico City. The vehicle, a Toyota Hilux, was carrying industrial inspection equipment containing the radioactive elements iridium-192, selenium-75 and ytterbium-169 when it was hijacked.
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