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Other Malicious Uses of Radiological Materials

The cesium-filled package uncovered in a Moscow park in 1995.  The material was found to have been placed there by Chechen rebels who recovered it from a stolen piece of medical equipment (Photo Source: PBS)
The cesium-filled package uncovered in a Moscow park in 1995. The material was found to have been placed there by Chechen rebels who recovered it from a stolen piece of medical equipment (Photo Source: PBS) 

An adversary may want to use the radiological properties of a material to harm people or property rather than the destructive energy from a nuclear explosion.  There is a surprisingly long history of theft of radioactive materials for nefarious uses or sale to a third party.  Several  databases have been compiled to track the theft and misuses of  radiological materials. The information used in this section comes from the following databases:

ITSBgraph

From the IAEA's Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB).

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