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IAEA Sends Team to Help Find Missing Nuclear Material in Nigeria

Nigeria has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate the disappearance of radioactive material in the country. The IAEA sent an emergency team to the West African nation but says it does not know what happened to the missing material. The U.N.’s nuclear monitoring agency said Friday it was asked by the Nigerian government to help locate two missing radioactive sources that were being used for legitimate industrial purposes in the country’s oil sector. The agency has not described how much radioactive material was reported missing. But underscoring the potential urgency of the situation, the IAEA’s emergency response center dispatched what it calls a team to assist with a potential nuclear accident or radiological emergency. But twelve days after the team arrived, the IAEA says no one has been able to locate the missing material and a spokeswoman for the agency calls the situation a matter of concern. Full Story

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