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Missing Radioactive Material Found In Southern Iraq

Iraq's Environment Ministry says that radioactive material that was missing in the country has been found dumped near a gas station in the southern town of Zubair.

Spokesman Amir Ali told Reuters on February 21 that the "highly dangerous" material had not been damaged and there were no safety concerns that there has been a leak of radiation.

Reuters reported last week the material had disappeared in November from a storage facility belonging to U.S. oil-field-services company Weatherford near the southern city of Basra.

Iraqi officials told Reuters that they feared the radioactive materials in the device could be used as a dirty bomb or other weapon if acquired by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, which occupies parts of Iraq.

Reuters reported that the device used in oil and gas development was stored in a protective case the size of a laptop computer.

Based on reporting by Reuters