Terrorist arrest for uranium package shipped to UK-based Iranian company

Terrorist arrest for uranium package shipped to UK-based Iranian company

Terrorist arrest for uranium package shipped to UK-based Iranian company

A man has been arrested under anti-terrorism laws after a Pakistani package containing uranium was sent to an Iranian company based in Britain.

A suspect described by the press as a businessman of British nationality – his ethnic origin and whether he holds another nationality was not revealed at the time of publication – has been arrested under the provisions of the law on Terrorism Act 2006 which prohibits “the manufacture or possession of a radioactive device or possession of radioactive material with the intent to use it” to commit or perpetrate terrorist acts.

“The discovery of what was a very small amount of uranium in a package at Heathrow airport is clearly concerning, but it shows the effectiveness of the procedures and controls in place with our partners to detect this type of material. “, affirmed the head of the agency. London Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command Richard Smith in comments quoted by The Telegraph.

“Our priority since initiating our investigation has been to ensure that there is no direct threat from the public. To this end, we are pursuing all possible investigative leads available to us, which has led to make this arrest over the weekend,” he added.

While Commander Smith stressed that “despite this arrest, and based on what we currently know, this incident still does not appear to be related to a direct threat to the public”, he cautioned that “detectives are continuing their investigations to ensure that this is definitely the case.

It has long been feared that terrorists could use radioactive materials to make a crude nuclear weapon described as a radiological dispersal device, more commonly known as a “dirty bomb”.

Such devices are designed not to create actual thermonuclear explosions, like the more sophisticated weapons possessed by the nuclear powers, but to contaminate a large area with deadly radioactive material via more conventional explosives.

These fears were particularly acute in the wake of the September 11, 2001 radical Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States, with a 2002 US Senate hearing hearing a report warning that a dirty bomb attack “would have a catastrophic psychological impact on the nation”.
and, even worse, it would contaminate a city that would likely lead to evacuations and great difficulty in convincing the American public that it could be reinhabited,” and would also have a potentially “devastating” impact on the economy.

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