A truck heist in Mexico goes wrong as the thieves were exposed to a deadly radioactive material instead.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed that a potentially dangerous radioactive material was stolen in Mexico on December 2. Apparently the yet to be identified thieves did not plan on stealing the cobalt-60 material, which had been transported from a hospital in the city of Tijuana, Mexico.
The truck carrying the radioactive material was heading to a radioactive waste storage center in Tepojaco. Thieves seized the vehicle when it stopped at a gas station in Temascalapa, some 35 kilometers northeast of Mexico. Hijacking of trucks is rampant in Mexico.
The police are suspecting that the thieves had no idea what they had stolen since the radioactive material was already removed from its protective case. The robbers were believed to be exposed to the lethal radiation.
Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias (CNSNS) said that the radioactive material, cobalt-60, is an ingredient that can be used to build dirty bombs.
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