TERROR groups including Islamic State are trying to get their hands on radioactive material to make a nuclear “dirty bomb”, former Defence Secretary Lord Browne. The bomb could contaminate large areas and cause deadly illnesses such as cancer. At the same time a Russian expert warned that America and Russia are in danger of triggering an “uncontrolled arms race” by failing to negotiate over nuclear weapons. The stark warnings were issued at a London conference of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear catastrophe. Lord Browne said terrorists are working to get the components needed for a crude dirty bomb. Radioactive materials such as caesium-137, cobalt-60 and iridium-192 are widely used in hospitals around the world, often as part of life-saving treatments. But they could also be mixed with explosives to create a dirty bomb.
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