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Truck carrying radioactive material stolen in Mexico

MEXICO CITY--Mexican authorities have issued an alert for a stolen truck carrying dangerous radioactive material from a disused medical device, authorities said Wednesday.

The country's nuclear safety watchdog, known as the CNSNS, said that the white Volkswagen truck was stolen Monday at a gas station in Hidalgo state and that the radioactive material posed no risk so long as its container was not broken or tampered with.

A search is underway in six states and Mexico City, the agency said. It gave phone numbers for anyone with information on the truck to call.

The U.N. atomic watchdog said Wednesday that thieves in Mexico had stolen a truck containing potentially “extremely dangerous” radioactive material.

The truck was transporting a cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

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