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Possibility of 'Dirty Bomb' in Nigerian Theft

Halliburton Co., the world’s No. 2 oil field services firm, said on Thursday it has started a probe involving U.S. and Nigerian government officials over theft of a radioactive device used at its Nigerian operations. A report by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday said officials were concerned that the device’s radioactive material could be used to create a “dirty bomb,” an explosive device designed to scatter radioactivity in a densely populated area. According to one expert, if the device’s radioactive material was combined with a pound of TNT and exploded, an area covering 60 city blocks would be contaminated with a radiation dose in excess of safety guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency, the newspaper said. The device, used in oil detection, was stolen in early December, Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall told Reuters. She said the investigation also involves officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency. “We are working to locate this radioactive material and we’ve also made the public aware,” she said without elaborating. The device was in a locked storage box that weighs about 200 pounds and is the size of a small car engine block. Full Story

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