News ID: 120422
Published: 0906 GMT June 20, 2015

Turkish police detain 3, seize radioactive substance

Turkish police detain 3, seize radioactive substance

Turkish authorities have detained two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the country carrying radioactive material, a report says.

A 43-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, identified only as N. K. and I. A. respectively, were arrested with 1.2 kilograms of cesium at a border gateway in northeastern Turkey on Friday, the official Anadolu Agency reported.

The agency said the two entered Turkey by foot from Georgia. Later in the day, officials detained a 60-year-old Turk, and brought all of the three to court.

A waste product from nuclear reactors, Cesium-137 is a highly radioactive material that is utilized for scientific purposes, but could also be used by terrorists to produce a dirty bomb to disperse lethal radiation.

The material was then delivered to the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority.

Resource: Press TV
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