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Authorities in Malaysia are frantically trying to locate a radioactive device that went missing from a truck transport.

The 23 kilogram Radioactive Dispersal Device (RDD) has been missing since August 10th. The device contains the radioactive isotope Iridium- 192, which emits beta and gamma radiation as it decays during its estimated half life of 73 days.

Concerns have been raised about the device falling into the hands of militants or terrorists that would then use it as a means to create a dirty bomb that could disperse radioactive material over a wide area.

Technicians that were transporting the material found it missing when they arrived and the tailgate to the back of their truck was open. They retraced their journey and were unable to locate it. Investigators looked into the tailgate, and found no trace of it being pried open.

Authorities are now pleading with the public not to open the container to the device, worried that it could fall into the wrong hands.

Source: Exclusive: Radioactive device missing | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News

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