Thai police sting leads to arrest over 'nuclear blackmail'
Thai police said they had arrested one of their nationals yesterday with a large quantity of caesium-137, a radioactive isotope of the highly reactive element that could be used in a dirty bomb. Narong Penanam, 47, was detained in a sting operation in a Bangkok hotel car park when officers posed as buyers. They were acting on a tip-off from American customs authorities, some of whose agents were present during the operation. Detectives said Mr Narong confessed he had smuggled the radioactive material, which is most commonly used for tracing upland soil erosion and downstream sedimentation, into Thailand from neighbouring Laos. Full Story