Amidst fears that militant groups are looking to seize radioactive materials to use in a terror attack, reports now suggest that a containment of the highly radioactive and dangerous substance caesium-137 has disappeared in Kazakhstan.

Local police in the Mangistau region said that the container may have fallen from a transporter and is now missing.

"The container with the radioactive isotope caesium-137 has not been found so far," local source Azamat Sarsenbayev told the AFP news agency. Details surrounding the incident are sketchy but it appears that the consignment has actually been missing since last Wednesday.
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The U.S. and Iraqi authorities have serious concerns that terrorists may be gaining access to nuclear and radioactive materials to use in some form of major terror attack.

A State Department official has revealed that the hard-line terror group, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIS or ISIL), has now taken control of around half of the country, potentially allowing it access to forms of low-level radioactive and radiological materials.
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We’re prepared not only for a possible nuclear power plant meltdown of our own, but we’re also more prepared for a terrorist "dirty bomb." The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols that wafted across the ocean into Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the more

Large boxes of powdered Caesium 137, a powerfully radioactive substance that can be used to make dirty bombs, have been lost in the former Soviet Union. Unlike the solid Strontium-90 used in nuclear power plants that has been misplaced in Russia in the recent past, the Caesium was powdered, so it would be easy to pack into a dirty bomb.
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