December 4, 2013
A truck carrying a dangerous radioactive medical equipment used for cancer treatments was stolen on Monday in Tepojaco near Mexico City, BBC reports.
IAEA warns obsolete radioactive medical equipment inside van stolen in Mexico. Fear is could make dirty bomb pic.twitter.com/l9iXwihCet
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) December 4, 2013
The material could in theory be made into a “dirty bomb” that would spread the radioactive material over a wide area.
Agence France-Presse notes that experts have long warned about the danger posed by the large amounts of such material held in hospitals and other locations around the world under insufficient security.