A pair of thieves in Mexico may have stolen more than they bargained for when they targeted a truck this week.The stolen vehicle was carrying delicate cargo – a radioactive element used for medical purposes that also can be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.
Mexican authorities said they’d found the stolen truck and at least some of the radioactive cobalt Wednesday in a remote area about 40 km (25 miles) away from where it was taken.
But officials aren’t sure whether any of the cobalt is missing, said Juan Eibenschutz Hartman, head of Mexico’s National Commission for Nuclear Security and Safeguards.
And the suspected thieves are still on the loose, he said, though authorities expect they could turn up at a clinic suffering symptoms of radiation exposure. The container holding cobalt was found about a kilometer away from the truck and had been opened, he said.
This situation has frightening implications. The Mexican Authorities are trying to play it off as if the thieves didn’t know what they were stealing, but the account of the victims of the highjacking indicate more is going on here. From the article:
At around 1 a.m. Monday, a man armed with a handgun knocked on the passenger window. When the passenger rolled down his window, the gunman demanded the keys to the vehicle, Morales said. Both the driver and his assistant were taken to an empty lot where they were bound and told not to move. They heard one of the assailants use a walkie-talkie type device or phone to tell someone, “It’s done,” Morales said.
That tells me that this specific truck was targeted for a reason…whoever was on the other end of that walkie-talkie wanting that cargo being the obvious one. Lets hope they find all of the radioactive material.