Nuclear Material Stolen in Mexico

The United Nations nuclear watchdog said a truckload of "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Mexican authorities have reported the truck was transporting nuclear material known as cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a center for storage of radioactive waste material. The truck was stolen in the area of Tepojaco near Mexico City.

The IAEA noted that the cobalt-60 was "properly shielded" when the truck was stolen, but added that it could become extremely dangerous if removed from the shielding or damaged.

Mexican authorities are reported to be conducting a search for the material and the IAEA said it has offered Mexico its assistance.

VOA News / Dec. 05, 2013 07:53 KST