Often called a weapon of mass disruption, not destruction, a dirty bomb — which uses conventional explosives to spread radioactive material — causes far fewer casualties than a nuclear explosion. But because such devices are easier to assemble and the ingredients are readily available, government officials and terrorism experts consider a dirty-bomb attack more likely than a terrorist nuclear strike. “You would need a stick of dynamite and the kind of radioactive source you find in a common smoke detector,” said Charles D. Ferguson, co-author of “The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism.”Full Story
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