Moldovan security forces smash uranium smuggling ring after seizing ‘imposing quantity’ of nuclear material

Moldovan intelligence officials say they have seized an ‘imposing quantity’ of radioactive uranium from a criminal group and detained several people.

It said there was an ongoing investigation into where the uranium came from and how the detained people got involved.

Officials released a video of the raid which shows one person being tackled to the ground by special forces who then use a device to register the radioactivity of a package in the back seat.

In February 2015, an attempt to sell highly radioactive caesium to Islamist terrorists, including ISIS, was thwarted by the FBI and Moldovan security personnel.

The seller had asked for enough of the substance to contaminate several city streets with a dirty bomb.