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Heist in Mexico Nabs Truck With Radioactive Substance

Thieves in Mexico made off with a dangerous payload this week.(GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Alex Brown
December 4, 2013

A truck carrying dangerously radioactive cobalt-60 was stolen in Mexico on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the material was stolen en route from Tijuana to a waste storage center. It said cobalt-60 would be "extremely dangerous" if removed from its protective shielding. 

Cobalt-60 is used for radiotherapy in cancer treatments.

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