February 17, 2016 / 9:20 PM / 4 years ago

IAEA says Iraq informed it of theft of radiography device

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flies in front of its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, January 15, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday that Iraq informed it of the theft of an industrial radiography device in the southern city of al-Zubair in November 2015.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog described the device as an Ir-192 radioactive source in a shielding container, which is classified as a Category 2 radioactive substance, meaning that if not managed properly it could be fatal to someone exposed for a period of hours to days.

The IAEA told Reuters in a statement it had offered assistance to Iraqi authorities but none had been requested so far.

Reporting By Stephen Kalin; editing by John Stonestreet

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