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Toll from 'dirty bomb' could be costly

Potential deaths and decontamination costs tied to “dirty bombs” – conventional explosives laced with radioactive materials – have been underestimated, a prominent researcher says. Peter Zimmerman of London’s King College, the former chief scientist for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the threat at the American Physical Society meeting here Monday. Public fears about terrorists armed with such devices increased in 2002 with the arrest of suspected al-Qaeda associate Jose Padilla. Padilla was said by law enforcement officials to be involved in a plot to trigger a dirty bomb in the USA. Full Story

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