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Georgia Finds 'Dirty Bomb' Material

The authorities in Georgia have said that two metal boxes seized last month in the capital Tbilisi were filled with radioactive material that could be used to make a “dirty bomb”. Georgian officials said the green boxes – found in a taxi during a routine raid near the city’s railway station – contained a mixture of substances including Caesium and Strontium. “These substances could be used to create a so-called ‘dirty bomb’ which would be operational within a 500 to 600-metre radius, and would create a bigger [area of] radioactive fallout ,” Interior Ministry spokesman Givi Mgebriashvili said at a news conference. According to the Reuters news agency, one of the boxes weighted at least 80kg (170 lbs). Associated Press said the haul included three curies of Caesium and 12 microcuries of Strontium. Agencies have described another substance found in the taxi variously as Mustard Gas and a “nerve gas concentrate”. Full Story

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