Turkish police seize radioactive material in Ankara raid

Californium is only produced by the US and Russia.

March 19, 2018 20:03
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A Turkish special forces police officer guards the entrance of the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, August 5, 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Police arrested four men in possession of a rare nuclear substance in its capital Ankara on Monday, according to Turkish broadcaster NTV, The Daily Sabah reports.

The radioactive material in question, Californium, is worth $4 million per gram and is used mainly for nuclear warheads, nuclear energy plants and in the oil and mining industries.

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Californium is only produced by the US and Russia.

The four suspects, believed to be part of a larger criminal organization, reportedly intended to sell 1.4 kg of the material on the black market for $72 million.

The seized radioactive material was taken to the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, the Turkish pro-government Daily Sabah reports.

There was no comment from the Turkish Atomic Agency Authority or the police.

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