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U.N. Suspects Trafficking in Dirty Bomb Material

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Friday it suspected that criminal groups were trafficking in radioactive material that could be used to make a “dirty bomb.” Abel Gonzalez, director of radioactive waste safety at the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said a non-nuclear bomb built to spew radioactive material could cause chaos, even if the explosion itself did not kill many people. “I have no proof but suspicions of organized movements to take radioactive material for terrorist actions,” Gonzalez told the annual Crans Montana international conference. Gonzalez highlighted the example of the recent disappearance of a container of highly radioactive material from a truck in Nigeria. The container appeared to have been singled out from others containing less radioactive material, he added. Full Story

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