Saturday 20 January 2018

Radioactive material stolen from power plant

Patrick Werr in Cairo

Radioactive material has been stolen from a nuclear power station on Egypt's Mediterranean coast that was the scene of violent protests last week, the state-run 'al-Ahram' newspaper reported yesterday.

A safe containing radioactive material at the Dabaa nuclear power plant, which is still under construction, was seized, while another also containing radioactive material was broken open and part of its contents taken, the newspaper said.

In Vienna, an official of the UN nuclear agency described the items missing as "low-level radioactive sources" which had been taken from a laboratory at the site. 'Al-Ahram' said the government has alerted security authorities and asked that specialised teams help in the search for the stolen material.

Irish Independent

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