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January 3, 2014
Two Caucasus Men Arrested for Trafficking Dirty-Bomb Materials
Authorities in the nation of Georgia apprehended two men accused of attempting to sell radioactive material that could be used in a so-called "dirty bomb."
The men, identified only as "Guram Ts," who turns 80 this year, and "Omar M," who turns 67, are in custody and the quantity of radium 226 they allegedly tried to sell has been seized. The radioactive material was found stored in specialized lead containers in the basement of Guram Ts's apartment, according to a Dec. 23 report in the daily Rezonansi newspaper, translated by the BBC.
It is not known how the two accused men came into custody of the radioactive material, how much of it they possessed or whether they had any buyers in mind. The radium 226 is being held at the Institute of Physics.
Nino Chkhobadze, co-chairman of the Georgia Green Movement and Friends of the Earth, said the material might have been smuggled in from one of Georgia's neighbors in the Caucasus region of Eurasia.
The men already have been sentenced in court, according to a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesperson. Georgian law authorizes a prison sentence of between five to 10 years for nuclear smuggling crimes, according to a Voice of Russia report.
Radium 226, if paired with conventional explosives, could be used in a dirty-bomb attack capable of spreading radioactive material across a wide area. Though the effect would be nowhere near as deadly as a nuclear explosion, a radiological attack could cause serious economic, environmental and psychological harm.
In the last eight years, Georgia has carried out at least 15 criminal investigations related to atomic- and radioactive-material smuggling inside its borders. The former Soviet republic is a major recipient of U.S. nuclear-security assistance.
The head of an Indian terror group reportedly has admitted to authorities that he wanted his superior in Pakistan to provide a compact "nuclear bomb."
Indian Mujahideen leader Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa, also known as Yasin Bhatkal, has been in Indian custody since his arrest in late August. The terrorist commander and bomb expert told officials that he earlier asked in a phone conversation with his Pakistan-based superior, Riyaz Bhaktal, if he could be given an atomic device, the Times of India reported, citing the Indian extremist's interrogation report.
Bhatkal reportedly said Riyaz told him "anything can be arranged in Pakistan."
"Riyaz told me that attacks can be done with nuclear bombs," Bhatkal was quoted by the Times as telling officials. "I requested him to look for one nuclear bomb for [an attack on] Surat," on India's west coast.
"Riyaz told me Muslims would also die in that [nuclear bomb blast], to which I said that we would paste posters in mosques asking every Muslim to quietly evacuate their families from the city," he reportedly told his interrogators.
The security of Pakistan's fissile materials has been a leading security concern for the United States for some time. While outside experts believe it would be difficult for terrorists to seize an entire nuclear warhead, they say it would be easier for insiders working at one of Pakistan's many nuclear weapon sites to gradually smuggle out enough weapon-grade material to build a rudimentary atomic device.
The Indian Mujahideen is understood to have close ties with Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani-based group that carried out the November 2008 mass terror attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai.
An unidentified high-ranking Indian intelligence figure told the Times that officials have been "coming across different kinds of IEDs over the years. The reason is that terrorists are undergoing all kind of advanced army-level training in Pakistan with the help of the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate.
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