Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Dirty Bomb Watch 3

New Scientist magazine reports that the IAEA has evidence that the possibility of a dirty bomb is increasing. Here are some key quotes:

The IAEA's records show a dramatic rise in the level of smuggling of radiological materials, defined as radioactive sources that could be used in dirty bombs but not nuclear bombs. In 1996 there were just eight of these incidents but last year there were 51. Most cases are believed to have occurred in Russia and elsewhere in Europe.

In Belarus customs officials have seized 26 radioactive cargoes between 1996 and 2003, six of them from Russia.

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."


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