No terrorist links to missing radioactive devices, say Malaysian police, Southeast Asia News & Top stories

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Malaysian police found that there is no link between the missing 23 kg radioactive dispersal device (RDD) and terrorism.

"From now on there are no indicators to link the missing equipment to terrorism," said Selangor police commander Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor in a statement released on Tuesday (August 21).

The statement contains not only a summary of how the device was missing on 10 August, but also a list of health issues related to exposure to the material and which were not protected.

"According to the AELB (AtoB), the device that contains 50 curies (unit of radioactivity) of Iridium-192 can cause health problems, depending on the type of exposure.

"Anyone who is exposed to activities with a readings of about 50 curies and about 120 minutes within a distance of one meter (without protection) will be given exposure levels of up to 500 millisievert (mSv).

"Exposures around 500 mSv cause nausea and headaches and (exposure) above it can lead to burnt skin," he said.

Comm Mazlan said that the police are currently working with the AELB to trace the missing equipment and to identify potential suspects.

On August 10, the device was missing when it was transported from Seremban.

The company that owned the RDD, consisting of a large metal tube with a handle on it, allegedly used it to detect cracks in metal as part of inspection protocols in the energy, energy and transport sectors.

The police initially arrested two technicians who transported the device.

The duo loaded the device on the back of their pickup after completing their task and left for their office in Shah Alam at 2 o'clock in the morning.

The device was missing when they arrived an hour later. The duo claimed they did not stop during their return journey and feared it had fallen off their truck.

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