Moldova dirty bomb 'smugglers' arrested

2014-12-09 16:01
(AP/ National Nuclear Safety Administration)

(AP/ National Nuclear Safety Administration)

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Chisinau - Moldovan police say they have detained seven people on suspicion of smuggling uranium and mercury from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb.

Police chief Ion Bodrug said house searches were carried out last week in the capital and two other towns and police confiscated 200g of uranium-238 mixed with uranium-235 and 1kg of mercury.

The material, smuggled by train, has a black-market value of $2m.

Those arrested belong to a criminal gang and have admitted their guilt, Bodrug said on Tuesday.

Police are co-operating with Ukrainian and Russian police to identify other gang members.

Uranium-238 can be enriched into the fissile material of nuclear warheads or converted into plutonium, also used to arm nuclear missiles.

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