Medical radioactive material truck stolen in Mexico


A truck carrying medical radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN’s nuclear watchdog says, the BBC reports.

Mexico told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the truck was carrying a “dangerous radioactive source” used for cancer treatments when it was stolen on Monday.

The radiotherapy source was being taken from a hospital to a waste storage centre.

It was stolen near the capital, Mexico City.

Mexico’s Nuclear Security Commission said at that the time of the theft, the cobalt-60 teletherapy source was “properly shielded”.

But the commission warned it could be “extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged”.

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