Backpack Device Captured by Israelis
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, October 20, 2001 (Web Today)—Israeli
security forces captured a so-called "dirty bomb" last month as it
was being smuggled into Israel from the West Bank.
A published report from United Press International quoted
U.S. government officials as confirming that the terrorist carrying the
radiological weapon was a follower of Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden.
While not as large or powerful as a nuclear suitcase bomb,
the backpack varieties could still spread dangerous amounts of radioactive
contamination around the area of detonation. Not a nuclear weapon, per se,
the backpack devices, built by the former Soviet Union, wrapped layers of
radioactive material around a traditional explosive core.
The UPI account also claims bin Laden had acquired one or
two of the missing Soviet suitcase bombs but a CIA source said such devices
could not be made to explode without possession of top-secret codes known
only to authorities in Moscow.
You can check out the story for yourself at UPI.
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