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Missing radioactive material found dumped near petrol station in Iraq

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ZUBAIR, IRAQ — The radioactive material that went missing in November was found dumped near a petrol station in southern Iraq on Sunday.

The industrial radiography device was stolen from a storage facility belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford in the city of Basra.

It was found near a petrol station in the town of Zubayr, around 15 km southwest of Basra. Authorities said the device is 100 percent intact and there is no concern of radiation.

"A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed security forces which went with a special radiation prevention team and retrieved the device," Reuters quoted Jabbar al-Saidi, chief of the Basra provincial council's security panel as saying.

The device contains radioactive isotope Iridium-192, which can emit fatal doses of radiation at close range. It is used to test flaws in oil pipeline structures by using gamma radiation.

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