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Malaysia sees no terror link in radioactive item lost 1 week

August 21, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police see no terrorism link to the disappearance of an industrial item containing radioactive material more than a week ago.

Police said in a statement Tuesday that two technicians reported the device missing while they were transporting it Aug. 10 to their company’s office.

Police detained the two workers for a week to assist in the investigation but released them on bond as no evidence linked them to the device’s disappearance. Local reports have said the two feared the device fell off the truck.

They said they are working with the Atomic Energy Licensing Board to find the device. Police didn’t say what they believe was the reason for the device’s disappearance.

Police said the device contains radioactive iridium and can cause health problems depending on exposure.

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