Stolen radioactive material found dumped in Zubair southwest of Basra

Representational file photo.
Representational file photo.

( Radioactive material that went missing in Basra has been found dumped near a petrol station in the area of Zubair southwest of Basra, officials said on Sunday.

Reuters quoted senior officials as saying: “the material, stored in a protective case, was undamaged and there were no concerns about radiation.”

The president of the security committee within Basra Provincial Council, Jabbar al-Saidi, told Reuters: “A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed the security forces which went with a special radiation prevention team and retrieved the device,” pointing out that, “After initial checking I can confirm the device is intact 100 percent and there is absolutely no concern of radiation.”

Noteworthy, Reuters reported last week that the Iraqi security authorities had been searching for the dangerous radioactive material since it was stolen in November from an oilfield facility belonging to U.S. company Weatherford near the southern city of Basra.

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  1. Its only a very small amount of radiation used to industrially test for fatigue stresses and very small cracks in oil pipes.

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