Friday, August 04, 2006

LOADS OF DIRTY BOMB MATERIAL RECOVERED IN CHECHNYA

OMG...
Radiological material that could have been used to make as many as five “dirty bombs” was safely removed from Chechnya and returned to the Russian government in July, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) told Associated Press news agency.

The material was taken from a petrochemical production site in Chechnya and moved to a region near Moscow. “It is critical to international security that high-risk, radiological material is safely removed and secured before it falls into the hands of terrorists,” NNSA head Linton Brooks said in a statement on Wednesday.

The U.S. funded the operation, but Russians carried out the recovery mission in Chechnya accompanied by armed security forces, NNSA spokeswoman Julianne Smith said. “Because of the situation in Chechnya, we were not there,” she said.


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