RealNews

Thai sting foils potential dirty bomb

Thai authorities, acting on a tip-off from US customs agents, on Friday arrested a Thai citizen with 30kg of highly radioactive material that could potentially be used by terrorists to make a “dirty bomb.” The 47-year-old man was arrested in a sting operation at the car park of a Bangkok hotel while handing over a container of what he said was uranium to undercover officers – who had posed as buyers willing to pay Bt10m ($240,000, ?205,000, £144,000) for the material. Laboratory tests subsequently determined it was caesium-137, a radioactive isotope that has legitimate industrial and medical uses but could also be used in a dirty bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency is running a campaign to warn the world’s governments of the dangers of terrorists making a dirty bomb or radiological weapon, which disperses radioactive material such as caesium-137 through a conventional explosion. This is easier than producing a nuclear bomb from uranium or plutonium. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.