Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reassuring News

So it was uranium, after all. Good thing we're not living in a world where terrorists might, I don't know, set off a bomb to scatter radioactive debris.

Backstory: Kenyan police arrested two men last week who were caught trying to sell what they claimed was uranium smuggled out of the DRC. I originally assumed they were scam artists. But the Kenyan newspaper The Nation says it's for real. The material is uranium hexflouride, and was packed in a 20 cm metal cylinder that weighed about nine kilos. Markings suggest it was packed in 1993. Could this be some of the material stolen from Kinshasa's nuclear reactor?

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