Malaysia is setting up a special task force to detect missing radioactive equipment



SHAH ALAM, Selangor: Malaysia said on Thursday (23 August) a special task force to find a radioactive device that was allegedly missing from a pick-up truck.

The 23 kg device, which contains an unknown amount of radioactive iridium, was missing during a trip to Shah Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the city of Seremban, about 60 kilometers away.

The special working group was set up by the Selangor police and the licensing authority for atomic energy. It will work "24 hours a day" to detect the device, said policeman Mazlan Mansor of Selangor Thursday.

"So far, the police have not received any new information about this, and we have not received any information about whether the equipment was removed from Selangor," he told reporters.

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Mazlan urged the public to contact the police with information about the missing device.

The Sentinel Delta 880 device, used in industrial radiography, was reported missing on August 10 between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning when it was brought to Shah Alam by two technicians from a Seremban company.

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The United Nations atomic agency has warned that the loss or theft of radioactive material could put it in the hands of militants who might try to build a rough nuclear device or a so-called "dirty bomb".

However, the Malaysian police have said that there are no signs that the device has fallen into the hands of terrorists.

The Malaysian police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said earlier that this is not the first time that such a device has disappeared.


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