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4/19/2014 2:25:55 AM

Mexican robbers steal Truck Carrying Highly Radioactive medical waste, Doomed after opening the container

A truck carrying "extremely dangerous" radioactive material was found  close to the place where it was stolen in Mexico, authorities said. The cargo was found about half a mile from the container.

The vehicle was transporting radiotherapy equipment containing the radioactive isotope cobalt-60 from a hospital to a waste storage center.

The drivers of the cargo truck were sleeping at a gas station when gunmen assaulted them and stole their truck.

The thieves likely opened the container not knowing what it was carrying and burned themselves, Juan Eibenschutz, general director of Mexico's National Commission of Nuclear Security and Safeguards, told.

The thieves are likely either dead or dying from exposure to the radioactive material following the incident, Eibenschutz added.

Officials have closed off the area where the radioactive material was found.

Mexican nuclear safety officials said they believed the carjackers did not know what they were stealing and that they may die.

this image released wednesday dec national commission nuclear safety a


Mexican robbers steal Truck Carrying Highly Radioactive medical waste, Doomed after opening the containerMexican robbers steal Truck Carrying Highly Radioactive medical waste, Doomed after opening the container

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