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UN: Dirty Bomb Risk Growing

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posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 02:36 PM
According to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency the likelyhood that a terroist will set off a dirty bomb is becoming almost a certainty.

The IAEA has stated that the number of reported smuggling instances of radioactive materials has increased exponentially in the last few years. In 1996 there were only 8 such instances but last year alone had 51. The IAEA also warns that the numbers are more than likely much higher.

A terrorist attack using a dirty bomb is "a nightmare waiting to happen", says Frank Barnaby, a nuclear consultant who used to work at the UK's atomic weapons plant in Aldermaston in Berkshire. "I'm amazed that it hasn't happened already."

The IAEA's smuggling figures do not include radiation sources that have simply gone missing. An average of one a day is reported to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as lost, stolen or abandoned.

The IAEA says there are still 1000 radioactive sources unaccounted for in Iraq. And of 25 sources stolen from the Krakatau steel company in Indonesia in October 2000, only three have been recovered.

The Scariest thing is that the experts agree that a dirty bomb attack is only a matter of time.

To learn more about the dirty bomb check out John Bulls Analysis


[Edited on 5-6-2004 by BlackJackal]

posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 02:49 PM
I forgot how to post sorry. fixed now

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