Thieves Steal Deadly Radioactive Material In Mexico, 5 States On Alert – 17 April 2015

RT logoAuthorities have issued emergency warnings to five Mexican states after it was reported that thieves had stolen potentially deadly radioactive material, the latest such heist to strike the Latin American country.

The interior ministry issued an alert in the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz that a container holding iridium-192 – a man-made radioactive element that can cause burns, acute radiation sickness and even death – was stolen on Monday from a truck in Cardenas, a town in southern Tabasco.

“This source is very dangerous to people if it is removed from its container,” the statement said.

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