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Radioactive material traffickers arrested

TWO Slovaks were arrested in the Czech city of Brno on November 14 while trying to sell three kilograms of radioactive material.

The traffickers are now in custody and waiting for trial, news wire TASR reported.

The seizure was the biggest of its kind in the Czech Republic, the previous being 2.7 kilograms in 1994.

The Slovaks were caught at the Voronež hotel, where police set up a fictitious purchase of the material for €600,000.

According to the Czech Nuclear Safety Office, the material contained thorium and uranium, but was not suitable for the production of nuclear weapons.

Czech Interior Minister Stanislav Gross said the material had probably not originated in the Czech Republic.

The case has attracted the interest of foreign security services and is due to be raised at the International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna.

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