Mexican police find missing lorry carrying 'extremely dangerous' radioactive


Simon Gardner
Wednesday 04 December 2013 11:49
A container containing a small amount of cobalt-60.
A container containing a small amount of cobalt-60.

Mexican police have found a container that held radioactive material and which was stolen by thieves as it was being transported near Mexico City, the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS has said.

The thieves removed the material from its case, and have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, an official at the commission told local television, adding that those affected could die. The area around the stolen truck has been cordoned off.

The plan was to return the radioactive material to a sealed case as soon as possible, the official added, but did not specify its precise whereabouts. The theft sparked fears that the material could be used in a “dirty bomb”.


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