MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Thieves in central Mexico on Thursday stole a pick-up truck carrying dangerous radioactive material, authorities said.
The radioactive load - iridium 192 - was normally used in industrial radiography, Mexico’s interior ministry said in a statement. The material was housed in a specialized container, and would only pose a health risk if the housing was tampered with, the statement said.
Late last year, thieves made off with a truck containing dangerous radioactive medical material that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a “dirty bomb.”
The radioactive load was later found dumped by the thieves close to where it was stolen.
Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Nick Macfie