Tuesday, May 10, 2005

OLD SOVIET 'DIRTY BOMB' MISSLES ON SALE

This is unbelievable. If true, Al-Qaeda could have purchased dozens of these things...
Soviet Cold War Alazan radiation rockets are being offered for sale in the eastern European republic of Transdniester, The Sunday Times reports.

A reporter posing as a middleman for an Algerian Islamic group managed to approach a senior officer in Transdniester’s secret police who helped him to get in touch with a local arms dealer. The man offered the journalist three rockets capable of contaminating a city centre for $500,000.

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The rockets that were originally intended for use in Soviet weather experiments can spread radiation for more than 20 miles from their point of impact. It would not cause a high death toll, but would probably spark fear and disruption. Large areas would have to be evacuated for a costly clean-up operation.