‘Iridium-192 theft a wake-up call’


I take it that you don’t have a canister in your backyard?

Dateline 2017-02-14, NST:

A security expert has cautioned that the theft of equipment, which contained canisters of radioactive material from an oil and gas exploration company here, could be more than what meets the eye. Counterterrorism specialist Andrin Raj said yesterday the radioactive material — Iridium-192 — was highly sought after by terror groups such as Islamic State, which use it to make dirty bombs. He said the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNe) threat was new in Southeast Asia. “For some years, there was only talk of the threat in Southeast Asia. “This (CBRNe) threat is (now) the the region’s new threat. “The Iridium-192 found in Klang is a worrying sign that Malaysia is becoming a major transit point and base for religious and violent extremists.

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