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An international police sting at a Pretoria petrol station has netted four men involved in the sale of a highly radioactive metal suspected to be destined for use in a dirty bomb.
The high-risk operation by the Hawks' specialised tactical unit was carried out yesterday.
Police recovered some Caesium-137 contained in a protective cover, but admitted they had yet to find a larger device, which was set to be sold on the black market for R45 million.
CCTV footage shows how undercover members of the Hawks' organised crime unit stormed through a Sasol garage, opening fire on the suspects with semi-automatic weapons, sending terrified customers, motorists and petrol attendants fleeing.
In 1995 Chechen rebels planted, but failed to detonate a dirty bomb consisting of dynamite and cesium 137 in Moscow's Ismailovsky Park.
Not much more than it takes to make a conventional bomb. No special assembly is required; the regular explosive simply disperses the radioactive material packed into the bomb. The hardest part is acquiring the radioactive material, not building the bomb.
Medical supplies such as radium or certain cesium isotopes used in cancer treatments could also be used. As little as a measuring cup’s worth of radioactive material would be needed, though small amounts probably would not cause severe harm, especially if scattered over a wide area.
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
You beat me to the thread star and flag.
This is quite a worry, however I was pondering the threat of a dirty bomb attack the other day. When I was a young teenager I saw a documentary about x-ray machines being illegally dumped in Mexico, and a scrap metal salesman took a machine from a dump hoping he could sell parts.
a 20-year-old Picker 3000 radiotherapy machine that the hospital had purchased from the X-ray Equipment Co. in Fort Worth, which had in turn bought the unit from Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Sotelo's mistake was in pilfering an unmarked capsule from the load and throwing it into the back of his pick-up truck. Later, when he pried open the capsule, out spilled 6,010 small, silvery pellets that looked like cake decorations but were in fact loaded with high levels of the radioactive cobalt 60 isotope.
Then ... Later in the month, a different truck--this one transporting table legs--set off a radiation monitor in an Illinois State Police officer's patrol car.
Mexican health officials also ordered the demolition of 109 houses built with reinforcing rods containing the radioactive material in the western state of Sinaloa.
And to prevent any more tainted steel from entering the U.S., the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Customs Service officials installed radiation monitors at all border crossings.
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
There was also a case where a young man in the US made his own breeder reactor in his shed using household items. He had apparently learned the skills required from reading books and the scouts.
The five men who were arrested for allegedly being in possession of a highly radioactive metal, will apply for bail next week. The smartly dressed accused will remain in custody until then.
Andre Lesar, 37, of Vanderbijlpark,
Theofilus Faber, 63, of Les Marais,
Nonyana Sydney Maodi, 58, of
Mamelodi East and Rufus Monare, 53, of
Mamelodi West, were arrested on July 9 during a "well co-ordinated police sting operation, while selling a radioactive material to an undercover police officer", the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Monday.
Further investigation led to the arrest of Setjhaba Michael Mofokeng, 31, of Tembisa, on Sunday.
being in possession of explosives, but further charges of theft and violating the Health Department's prohibition of handling this material in public