Turkey: Men arrested carrying “Dirty Bomb” nuclear material at border

ISTANBUL — Turkish news agencies say that authorities have arrested two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the Turkey with radioactive material, including cesium.

State-run Anadolu Agency says a woman identified only as N.K., aged 43, and a man, I.A., 40, were arrested Friday at a border gate in northeastern Turkey. The agency said they entered by foot from Georgia and were acting suspiciously. A search found 1.2 kilos of the cesium.

  • BillyHW

    You know, if I was a terrorist, I would try to act not suspiciously.

  • ntt1

    this plus the coming destruction of Palmyra , its time to wreck stuff the goat abusers find important like that gaudy houri palace on the temple mount and then escalate right up to and including destruction of mecca its just a box with a meteorite shaped like a woman’s private parts , it would leave the world a cleaner place,

  • Jay Currie

    The word “mules” comes to mind.

    Nothing I would rather do than walk for a while with a kilo of highly radioactive material in close proximity.

    • just a thought

      “…radionuclides that emit high energy gamma rays, such as cesium-137. … must be remotely handled or adequately shielded to protect
      workers. Thick layers of concrete, lead, steel and other comparable
      shielding materials are necessary to stop the penetration of gamma rays

      So, how much of that “Kilo” was shielding? And, if not, nice knowing you guys.

  • What about the ones who did not get caught?

  • HalcyonDaze

    If I were a betting man it’d be that there are already a couple of dirty bombs in Europe right now courtesy of some of those poor refugees from North Africa. As to when they’ll set one off and in which city. Well, my odds are Paris within the year to be followed by their North American debut within a couple.

  • AlanUK

    There are a number of radioisotopes that could be used in a dirty bomb. Of these, caesium (usually Cs-137 although Cs-134 would do) is probably the most easily available but is not the most dangerous to those exposed in a bomb blast. (NO, I’m not going to say which is the most hazardous …)
    A dirty bomb has 2 basic purpose: to kill or harm people or to induce fear and panic.
    It really doesn’t matter what you use if you want to induce fear – the public’s misunderstanding of radiation would be enough.
    Incidentally, Caesium can be effectively absorbed into Prussian Blue. You would, however, pass a few unusual stools …
    (I used to work in a nuclear power plant.)

    • Exile1981

      You have to start taking Prussian Blue prior to exposure though.

      • just a thought

        I don’t have data on taking it prior to ingestion, but post ingestion we have…
        “The biological half-life of previously administered (137)Cs was reduced by 60-70%… “
        But P.B. doesn’t help externally, except maybe as a skin wash to remove any external contamination. It does nothing to attenuate the radiation itself, except in the rapid removal of the (137)CS from your system.

  • Clink9

    I would go easy on them. This kind of thing can happen to anyone.